The Green Globe Awards from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage are open for nominations for the twentieth year and manufacturers are encouraged to apply.
With awards in twelve categories, the awards highlight how sustainability is a key concern for the entire community. Manufacturers are invited to nominate for categories including Business Leadership, Innovation and Resource Efficiency.
Previous winners and finalists have been drawn from all sectors in NSW. Manufacturers or manufactured solutions to environmental concerns have won in the past, such as Woolcool, a material made from sheep belly wool, which is not normally utilised for textiles and instead sent to landfill. This material imitates polystyrene packaging while being recyclable, sustainable, renewable, biodegradable and compostable.
Similarly, last year’s winner in the Innovation category was enterprise Plastic Forests which has developed a method of recycling highly contaminated plastic film for a commercial outcome. Used for building and gardening products, Plastic Forests has diverted 1354t of plastic film from landfill.
In the Business Leadership category, nominations are welcome from small, medium and large businesses that have integrated sustainable practices across all segments of their organisation, including planning to product delivery, while adding commercial value and meeting environmental standards.
Businesses that have implemented achievable solutions for clean energy, water saving and conservation as well as waste avoidance, resource recovery and recycling are encouraged to nominate for the Resource Efficiency award.
All entries will be judged by 21 experts drawn from across the water, waste, sustainability and academia sector.
Environment Minister Matt Kean highlighted how the awards showcase the depth of commitment to sustainability from across NSW.
“Every year we get hundreds of nominations and it doesn’t matter whether the nominees are in the country or city – there’s great enthusiasm for sustainability and the environment across NSW,” said Kean.
Nominations are open until July 10.