The time for reuse is now

Reusable Packaging Systems in Nelson-Tasman, August 2022

Reusable Packaging Systems in Nelson-Tasman: What’s happening today, what’s possible tomorrow? provides a qualitative overview of the current scope and future potential of reusable packaging for food, beverage and other household goods in the Nelson-Tasman region, and highlights practical opportunities and recommended actions to grow the uptake of reusable packaging. 

Reusable Packaging in Aotearoa - getting back to the future, June 22

Reusable Packaging in Aotearoa paints a picture of current reusable packaging systems in New Zealand, outlines the barriers and opportunities for growth, and makes practical recommendations to councils, industry groups and government on how to support reuse. 

Tauranga City Council is very happy to acknowledge Reuse Aotearoa’s useful insights, extensive industry knowledge and research experience. Their small but powerful team is moving the needle on the story of waste in Aotearoa.

Stephanie Keller-Busque

Tauranga City Council

The story of Reuse Aotearoa

Reuse Aotearoa was born in 2020, founded by Kim Renshaw (Beyond the Bin), Hannah Blumhardt (The Rubbish Trip, Takeaway Throwaways) and Kelly McClean (CommonKind, Aurecon), who shared hopes and dreams for a future where reusable packaging was commonplace in New...

LCANZ Summit – presentation

Co-founder Kelly McClean presented at the LCANZ Summit in March 2023Reusable packaging is more than product or materials - it is part of a wider system that, by design, encourages cyclical participatory action and connection. Reuse models require different life cycle...

Refill Revolution – webinar/panel

Refill Revolution invited our Head Researcher Hannah Blumhardt to set the scene for the online launch of the Refill Revolution Campaign. Hannah from 4:27.

Reusable packaging in Aotearoa – getting back to the future (webinar) hosted by WasteMINZ

A webinar with our lead researcher Hannah Blumhardt, hosted by WasteMINZ, featuring research findings from our Reusable Packaging in Aotearoa report and guest speaker Adam McConnochie from Solid Toothpaste.

How can we make reusable packaging the norm?

Published in the September 2022 issue of WasteMINZ Revolve magazine. "Reuse Aotearoa recently produced its first report into reusable packaging, outlining the state of play, barriers to growth, opportunities for innovation, and recommended actions for local and...

Submission on the Ministry for the Environment Transforming Recycling consultation

Our three key asks are that:
Reusable beverage containers are included in the CRS, or that producers using/providing reusable beverage packaging are able to opt-in to the scheme.
The CRS includes binding and ambitious refillables targets that apply to the beverage sector as a whole, alongside granular and specific targets for individual beverage producers, retailers and hospitality outlets.
The overall CRS scheme design and the scheme fee structure include various policy measures, incentives and targeted support to drive the uptake and growth of reusable beverage packaging, while disincentivising single-use packaging.

Aotearoa’s reusable packaging future (panel)

Sustainable Business Network's Plastic Packaging Masterclass Panel on reusable packaging with Hannah Blumhardt, RA's lead researcher as facilitator. Panel: Nada Piatek, Again Again, Rebecca Percasky, Better Packaging Co, Neil Pollett, Green Bottle.