The Banksia Foundation has announced Nestle Australia and Pablo & Rusty’s Coffee Roasters as finalists in New South Wales’ new Sustainability Awards.
Seven award categories celebrate businesses, communities, individuals and governments making a positive impact on the world through sustainable initiatives.
Pablo & Rusty’s Coffee Roasters is a finalise for the NSW Net Zero Action Award, for being a Carbon Neutral Organisation that dedicates 1 per cent of its revenue for the planet.
Nestle Australia is a finalist for the NSW Circular Transition Award. It worked with iQ Renew and a coalition of companies to convert soft plastic into oil, which was then used to make Australia’s first ever soft plastic food wrapper made with recycled content – wrapped around a KitKat.
Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond says the organisation, which runs Australia’s longest running national sustainability awards, is excited to launch its first awards program in Australia’s most populous state.
“Working with DPIE on the NSW Sustainability Awards ensures that we can dig deeper into the amazing leadership and innovation across NSW and take this leadership to the national level,” Graz says.
“We have such a diverse array of initiatives amongst the finalists, from government right through to small and large businesses, and our young people wanting to make a change.”
Graz says the finalists share a drive to improve life on the planet, and are doing so in such different ways.
“Our experienced judges will evaluate the entrants’ results and impact, and assess their ability to scale,” he says.
“Our judges also are on the lookout for the real standouts; the ones that provide inspiration and the spirit of just getting on and getting it done.”
The winners of the NSW Sustainability Awards will be announced on 9 December in Sydney.
Winners of the NSW awards will automatically be entered into the Banksia National Sustainability Awards. The winners will be announced in March 2022.