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Banksia sustainability award winners herald a bright future for Australia

An organisation on a mission to eliminate polystyrene plastic from the world’s supply chains has won gold at Australia’s longest running and most prestigious sustainability awards.

Planet Protector Packaging, which is developing sustainable packaging alternatives that do not harm the planet, took out the Gold Banksia Award at the 33rd annual Banksia National Sustainability Awards tonight (31 March).

Planet Protector Packaging received both the Agriculture and Regional Development Award, and the Gold Banksia Award, for its unique product WOOLPACK. WOOLPACK is already being used for temperature- sensitive foods, seafood, wine and pharmaceuticals. The product is successfully removing polystyrene products from the market, while also diverting wool waste from landfill.

Other award winners include:

  • a marine research institute which is creating living seawalls using 3D printing technology to revive marine life

  • an island eco-resort which offers sustainable tourism through unique nature-based experiences while protecting and enhancing the surrounding environment

  • a reality TV show that celebrates and fosters sustainable design

  • a government initiative which uses recycled glass, asphalt and brick to build major road infrastructure.

There are fifteen categories in the awards.

The winners of the 33rd Banksia National Sustainability Awards were announced at a gala event attended by more than 350 guests, finalists and winners at the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre.

Guest speaker Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley shared her insights into the opportunities for sustainable development in Australia.

Established more than 30 years ago, the Banksia National Sustainability Awards recognise individuals, communities, businesses and government for innovation and excellence in environmental and social stewardship.

A full list of the winners and their projects is below.

Media inquiries to Graz van Egmond at Banksia Foundation, Tel: 0419 101 248.

Images of the winners (supplied by the winners) are available to download at:




​Communications for

Impact Award

​Blue Tribe is using the power of reality TV to

celebrate and foster sustainable design

​Clean Technology


Degnan Constructions delivers challenging and

unique infrastructure through creative innovation

​Biodiversity Award

Sydney Institute for Marine Science uses living

seawalls bring marine developments back to life

​Sustainable Tourism


The Lady Elliott Island Eco Resort achieves a goal

of 100% renewable energy

​Future Cities Award

ACT Government provides zero interest loans for

households to install sustainable products

Health and Wellbeing


Primary and Community Care Services pioneers

social prescribing for health and wellbeing

Ethical Sourcing Award

Zenna provides mattresses and sleep products- a

natural, sustainable alternative for a night's sleep

Agriculture and Regional Development Award

Goodbye 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 Award

Ecologiq rethinks waste to build purposely greener transport infrastructure for Victoria

Diversity Award

L’Oréal Australia is driving equal access,

opportunities and rewards in the workplace

Net Zero Action Award​

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

Net Zero Action Award

Lion’s net-zero journey is a comprehensive

program of activity that integrates sustainability into the heart of their business

Youth as our

Changemakers Award

Sascha Rust is building innovating with

partnerships for the Australian food system

Small to Medium Enterprise Transformation Award

Enable Social Enterprises Limited is on a mission

to tackle disadvantage and break unemployment cycles

Large Business Transformation Award

Officeworks strives to inspire positive change with commitments to support team, community, and

the environment

Ignite Award

Samsara has developed a revolutionary enzyme- based technology that can infinitely recycle plastic


Gold Award

​Goodbye polystyrene. Planet Protector Packaging is in the race to become the market leader in sustainable thermal packaging that doesn't harm

the planet

The Banksia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that believes in the power of social and environment impact through community engagement and sustainable businesses practices. It recognises and encourages sustainability excellence withawards, showcases changemakers and start-ups that inspire and enable sustainability innovation, and builds purposeful communities for sustainable development across Australia.


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