An effective approach to preventing and reducing waste in consumer products and packaging is by design. Promoting circular economy thinking at the design stage of a product lifecycle facilitates material optimization, waste prevention and reduction before, during, and after use.

To aid designers in rethinking waste, the Council collaboratively identified key design principles for waste prevention and systems-thinking   also available as a handy checklist. The Design Portfolio features products and packaging which employ these design principles to minimize waste.

Highlights of the Council’s work on Product Design and Packaging since 2015 include:


Projects and Events


How Do We Use and Recover More Compostable Packaging? - Canadian Perspectives is the most recent paper in the NZWC Designing for Compostability series, developed by the Product Design and Packaging working group. The paper summarizes input from key stakeholders on how these materials can be more fully utilized and recovered to achieve their circular economy potential.

Compostable Products and Packaging Demystified - Webinar 1: Can I Compost That? Products and Materials Demystified, October 6, 2015

Compostable Products and Packaging Demystified - Webinar 2: Design for Compostability: Success Stories within the Value Chain, December 8, 2015

 Design Portfolio