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A Fungi Solution for packaging

Fungi Solutions has been announced as a finalist in the Circular Economy Innovation category of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2022 for its innovative alternative to plastics and other non-environmentally friendly packaging materials.

Using fungi to recycle and transform organic waste into home compostable products and packaging, Fungi Solutions’ products return to the earth in just 12 weeks and enrich the soil to improve the natural soil microbiome.

Through its growing community network, Fungi Solutions also connects local waste producers with local businesses looking for sustainable packaging solutions.

“So far, the biotech start-up has rescued 888kg of local waste, capturing 2,250kg of carbon and generating additional revenue streams for local producers with the future looking even more promising in terms of sustainability.”

The Circular Economy Innovation category recognises individuals and organisations who are helping to accelerate Victoria’s transition to a circular economy by aligning to the principles of eliminating waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use at their highest value, and regenerating nature.

Now in its 20th year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards are Victoria’s most highly recognised annual sustainability awards program comprising of six categories, including Circular Economy Innovation, Future Energy, Healthy and Fair Society, Sustainable Places and Destinations, Thriving Environment and Waste and Litter Reduction.

Sustainability Victoria interim CEO Matt Genever says the awards are an important opportunity to recognise the individual Victorians, community groups, councils and businesses who are making a positive impact on the world around us.

“By recognising the innovative work being done in sustainability, we aim to inspire others so that together we can progress faster towards our goal of a climate-resilient, circular economy with net zero emissions,” Mr Genever said.

“We’re particularly excited to be working at the grassroots level discovering, assessing, and celebrating excellence in sustainable development across the state.”

The judging panel included a broad range of independent environmental experts selected for their sustainability and industry expertise.

The 2022 Premier’s Sustainability Awards categories reflect the current focus of sustainability activity in Victoria and align with global best practice.

The winners will be announced at an in-person awards ceremony on 20 September.

For more information, visit sustainability.vic.gov.au/psa-2022-finalists.

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