We are excited to hear more about your product or packaging. Your answers to the following questions will help us determine whether an item best fits the portfolio. Questions should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Please read the questions first, and make sure you have the information you need close at hand. All fields are important.

You will need to complete your questions online and upload your image.

Not every principle of design needs to be met. Please answer all questions as best as you can, though we realize not all may apply or in some instances, you may only have limited information.

The questions are divided into sections relating to the design principles described on our webpage. For more information on the design principles that these questions relate to, visit our Principles for Waste Prevention and Systems-thinking.

Thank you sharing your product or packaging with us! We look forward to hearing more about it.

(Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Submission Form for your reference and to use as a draft guide for your online submission. If you choose to complete a PDF version of your submission, rather than submitting it online, please email it to: admin@nzwc.ca).



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Company Information

Company Name


Product/Packaging Name

Available Since (year)

One sentence description of use:

Contact Name




1. Are you submitting a product, packaging, or product & packaging blend?

Definition: A package contains a product.
e.g. A bottle of barbecue sauce: BBQ sauce is product, bottle is packaging
A ziplock bag is both a product & package, thus a blend.

2. Which stages of creation occur in Canada?

Next Section: Pre-Use


Pre-use includes production, distribution, and sale; everything from the cradle (raw material extraction) to the factory gate, and onwards to the customer’s door. Often the most waste is generated during the pre-use stage.

Principle: Use no ethically objectionable material

3. How do you ensure an ethical supply chain?

If other, please explain:

List all documents or certifications that verify an ethical, sustainable chain of custody for raw materials:

Principle: Prioritize re-used, reclaimed, recycled, or renewable source materials.

4. The materials used to manufacture this submission are:





Re-used %

Reclaimed %

Recycled %

Virgin %

5. What are the primary materials used to make this product/package?


6. Any virgin materials used are:
If no virgin materials are used, skip to question 9.



Renewable %

Non-renewable %

7. If renewable, how long do the renewable materials take to regrow?

8. Are the renewable materials certified sustainable?

If yes, which certifications? Please list.

9. Do you prioritize low-waste extraction methods for any virgin source materials?

If yes, how?

Principle: Minimize energy used during manufacturing, and prioritize renewable sources of energy.

10. Has a formal Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) been conducted for this product?

Provide link if available:

11. Is the energy used for manufacturing:

Have you reduced or minimized the energy used for manufacturing?

If yes, how?

Principle: Prioritize low waste manufacturing techniques.

12. Is your overall manufacturing process:

Brief explanation:

13. What byproducts are created during manufacturing?

Do not know

14. How is waste prevented or reduced during manufacturing?

If other:

15. Describe any aspects of your manufacturing process not mentioned in Question 12, including all measures taken to reduce and prevent waste in manufacturing:

Principle: Dematerialize to reduce the total amount of material used during manufacture, and also reduce the amount discarded.

16. What percent of the incoming materials are converted into the final product/package?

Describe any measures taken to increase your conversion rate:

17. Has the quantity of material used been reduced from previous versions of this product or package?

If yes, by what percent?

Principle: Maximize product density and minimize packaging required. This means providing enough packaging to protect the product, inform and appeal to the consumer, without excess.

18. What types of packaging are required for your product?

19. Do you minimize the amount of packaging required?

Please explain your answer. You can refer to methods selected in question 20 below.

20. What methods are used to optimize product density and packaging efficiency? Check all that apply.

If other:

Principle: Plan for efficient transportation.

21. What are the primary modes of transport used to produce, distribute, and sell the product/package?

If other:

Is transportation efficiency optimized during production and sale? How

22. If there are any additional details on how you reduce or prevent waste pre-use, i.e. during production and sale, please describe them here.

Next Section: During Use

During Use

Use begins as soon as the customer receives the product/package, and ends when they dispose of it.

Principle: Design to meet a need, and explain clearly how to use and dispose. Why? A product which clearly meets a need is less likely to be disposed of prematurely. Additionally, clear instructions for use and disposal reduce the chance of breakage, under-use, early disposal, or deposit in the wrong waste stream.

23. What need does this product or packaging meet?

24. How are instructions for use presented to the consumer?

If other, please explain:

25. What customer support is provided for this product?

26. How are instructions for disposal presented to the customer? See question 24 for suggestions.

Principle: Design for low energy consumption during use.

27. Select how energy relates to the use of this submission:

28. If energy is used to operate, does the design minimize energy use?
(e.g. designed for efficient batteries, automatic timed shut down, no ‘standby’ energy use)

If yes, how?

29. Has the energy used been reduced from previous versions?

If yes, by how much?

Principle: Extend the products useful life through repair and return programs; and, eliminate the need for other products in the consumer’s life through repurposing or integrating multiple functions.

30. How is the useful life of this product or packaging extended? Check all that apply.

If other:

31. Does this product/package reduce consumption by replacing functions of other products? How?
(e.g. a cell phone’s multiple functions replace the need for a calculator, camera, etc.
or, packaging functions as a hook to hang the product once removed,
or, a jar can be repurposed for food storage)

32. If there are any additional details on how you reduce or prevent waste during use of your product or packaging, please describe them here.

Next Section: Post Use

Post Use

Once the product or packaging leaves a customer’s hands, it’s entered the post use stage of its lifecycle.

Principle: Divert materials from landfill and promote a circular economy using methods such as repair, easy disassembly and design for re-use, use by another industry, and recycling.

33. Which of the following apply to this submission?

34. If disposable, how does this product/package reduce waste compared to similar disposable products?

35. Which disposal stream is the submission intended for?

A. Readily recyclable (most municipalities)

% by weight?

B. Selectively recyclable (some municipalities)

% by weight?

C. Commercially compostable

% by weight?

D. Home compostable

% by weight?

E. Other, please explain:

36. Does the company collaborate with waste handlers in your market areas (municipalities, commercial haulers, recyclers, composters) to ensure proper disposal?

If yes, how? (e.g. acceptance testing in single- and multi-stream recycling facilities)

37. Which methods are used to maximize disposal to the correct stream?

If other, please describe:

38. Does the company collaborate with any other industries to take this product/package, or its constituent materials, after use?

If yes, how?

Principle: Accurate environmental claims support and promote sustainable design methods.

39. Does the company make environmental claims about this product/package?

40. If yes, what claims are made? Provide supporting links if available.