Panasonic Energy, the battery manufacturing subsidiary of Panasonic Group, is introducing new paper-based packaging for consumer batteries in Australia.

Aligned with Panasonic’s dedication to sustainability, this initiative aims to eliminate around 500kg of plastic annually and is forecast to save over 36,000 square metres of paper and reduce carbon emissions by around 1,450kg overall each year in the Australian and New Zealand markets combined.

The new packaging boasts a 75% reduction in plastic compared to previous packaging. The inner and outer boxes, constructed from more than 70% recycled paper content, reduce overall paper use by more than 30%. The new packaging will initially be available in the two and four-pack Panasonic Alkaline batteries.

Panasonic Australia business manager for batteries, Chris Moore said, “Panasonic Group is among the global leaders in environmental action in our industry. Locally, we are proud to be able to offer more sustainable packaging solutions.”

Panasonic Energy has taken several proactive measures in recent years, including reducing energy consumption, incorporating renewable energy sources, and implementing carbon offsets.

“Panasonic remains focused on making our operation more sustainable, and listening to our customers about the commitments they are also making in the market. The introduction of eco-friendly packaging for our batteries is a step in the right direction, and one that is part of an important journey for our company.”