Alt-polystyrene made from wool waste wins gold at Banksia awards

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva


Planet Protector Packaging has received two honours in the Banksia Gold award for its sustainable packaging alternatives that help eliminate polystyrene from the world’s supply chains.

It also received the Agriculture and Regional Development Award for its product, Woolpack, a polystyrene alternative made from wool waste.

Just as wool keeps sheep warm in winter and cool in summer, this same technology is used for the Woolpack boxes and pouches. According to the company, select fibres effectively absorb moisture from the air, minimising humidity and condensation, which helps keep stable temperatures.

Woolpack is already available in the market, being used for seafood, wine, temperature-sensitive foods, and pharmaceuticals.

These were the Australian non-profit organisation’s 33rd National Sustainability Awards, which recognise individuals, communities, businesses, and governments for excellence and innovation in environmental and social stewardship innovation. 

The winners were announced at a gala event held in Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre with 15 categories in the awards. During the ceremonies, guest speaker Dr Cathy Foley shared her insights into the opportunities for sustainable development in the country. 

The foundation was established to harness the power of social and environmental impact through sustainable business practices and community engagement. It hopes to inspire changemakers and start-ups and enable sustainability innovation. 

Here are the winners for each category:

Communications for Impact AwardThe Blue Tribe CompanyBlue Tribe is using the power of reality TV to celebrate and foster sustainable design
Clean Technology AwardDegnan ConstructionsDegnan Constructions delivers challenging and unique infrastructure through creative innovation
Biodiversity AwardSydney Institute for Marine ScienceSydney Institute for Marine Science uses living seawalls bring marine developments back to life
Sustainable Tourism AwardLady Elliot Island Eco ResortThe Lady Elliott Island Eco Resort achieves a goal of 100% renewable energy
Future Cities AwardACT GovernmentACT Government provides zero interest loans for households to install sustainable products
Health and Wellbeing AwardPrimary and Community Care ServicesPrimary and Community Care Services pioneers social prescribing for health and wellbeing
Ethical Sourcing AwardZenna Latex MattressZenna provides mattresses and sleep products – a natural, sustainable alternative for a night’s sleep
Agriculture and Regional Development AwardPlanet Protector PackagingGoodbye polystyrene. Planet Protector Packaging is in the race to become the market leader in sustainable thermal packaging that doesn’t harm the planet
Circular Transition AwardEcologiqEcologiq rethinks waste to build purposely greener transport infrastructure for Victoria
Diversity AwardL’Oreal AustraliaL’Oréal Australia is driving equal access, opportunities and rewards in the workplace
Net Zero Action AwardHesperia

Lion Pty Limited
Hesperia is delivering Life Cycle Net Zero projects that reduce environmental impacts while contributing to growth, the economy, and the community

Lion’s net-zero journey is a comprehensive program of activity that integrates sustainability into the heart of their business
Youth as our Changemakers AwardSascha RustSascha Rust is building innovating with partnerships for the Australian food system
Small to Medium Enterprise Transformation AwardEnable Social Enterprises LimitedEnable Social Enterprises Limited is on a mission to tackle disadvantage and break unemployment cycles
Large Business Transformation AwardOfficeworksOfficeworks strives to inspire positive change with commitments to support team, community, and the environment
Ignite AwardSamsaraSamsara has developed a revolutionary enzyme-based technology that can infinitely recycle plastic waste
Gold AwardPlanet Protector PackagingGoodbye polystyrene. Planet Protector Packaging is in the race to become the market leader in sustainable thermal packaging that doesn’t harm the planet
Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

A digital content manager based in the Philippines, Kaycee Enerva has written for multiple publications over several years. A graduate of Computer Science, she exchanged a career in IT to pursue her passion for writing. She's slowly practicing sustainability through period cups, and eating more plant-based food.

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