The Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) is taking steps to improve its environmental footprint by introducing sustainable product packaging.
Ahead of World Environment Day on 5 June, the Mint announced the move to an industry-first sustainable pulp packaging solution for the Mint’s numismatic product range.
The shift to this new packaging follows the Mint’s commitment to meeting the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s (APCO) 2025 National Packaging Targets.
Leigh Gordon, the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint, notes that packing products in sustainable packaging solutions would reduce the Mint’s ecological impact.
“Over the last few years, the Mint has taken strides towards making sustainability a priority in everything we do. With our new sustainable product packaging, we are taking another step in our journey to a waste free future.
“Packaging waste has caused a lot of damage to the environment across the world. In an effort to further reduce our own packaging waste, we are proud to be the first Mint in the world to use a pulp paper packaging solution for our numismatic range.”
The Royal Australian Mint has developed a road map to further reduce the ecological impact of their packaging over time and build upon their history of sustainability.
In line with the sustainable packaging targets set by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, this road map will ensure the Mint is on track to make its product packaging from recyclable or sustainable materials by 2025.
The design and development of the environmentally friendly packaging is driven by a dedicated team, who work in collaboration with a number of suppliers to think innovatively about sustainable packaging.
“Reinventing the packaging for our highly collectible products has not come without its challenges. When developing this new packaging, we needed to consider the longevity of our products and take into account that the packaging of a coin can be just as valuable as the coin itself.
“We have undertaken a great deal of research to ensure our new packaging meets the sustainable packaging guidelines, keeps the coins well protected over the course of its life and continues to meet the expectations of our collector community,” said Mr Gordon.
From today, select products from the Royal Australian Mint’s numismatic range of coins will be packaged in paper pulp packaging.
About the Royal Australian Mint
The Royal Australian Mint is an award-winning, world class Mint and a global leader in the mint industry. The Mint produces circulating coins for Australia and other countries; collectible and investment coins for domestic and international customers; and custom-made medals, medallions and tokens for individual or corporate clients.
The Mint is also a national cultural attraction that educates millions of Australians and international visitors on the history of Australia’s decimal currency, and the significance and value of coins.
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