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Women in Science
Dr Christina Riesselman, a geologist from The University of Otago, is
the first L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science New Zealand Fellow.
She was honoured at a reception in Auckland hosted by L’Oréal New
Zealand’s Executive General Manager, Martin Smith.
Dr Riesselman was awarded $25,000 to assist her research into rapid
climate change since the last ice age. “I feel incredibly privileged to be
the first L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science New Zealand Fellow,”
says Dr Riesselman. “It’s a widely respected and prominent initiative in
my community and I am delighted to be awarded this honour.”
While L’Oréal For Women in Science has been open to New Zealand
women scientists since 2012, this is the first year L’Oréal New Zealand
has a dedicated Fellow, so it is cause for celebration.
L’Oréal, as a research-based company, has always had a love of
science. But seeing how under-represented women were generally
in science, 17 years ago the company, along with UNESCO, launched
the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science initiative. The idea is
to support and recognise women researchers, to encourage more
young women to enter the profession and to assist them once their
careers are in progress.
New World and
PAK’nSAVE trial new meat trays
Some New World and PAK’nSAVE stores throughout the country
have introduced new recyclable plastic meat trays, which means the
environmentally unfriendly polystyrene tray, which is commonly seen
across supermarkets, could soon be phased out.
Creating a suitable alternative to the polystyrene trays has been a
long running global environmental challenge. Currently the problem
remains that literally hundreds of millions of polystyrene trays are
sent to landfill every year after being in use for about one week. Up
until now there’s been no real alternative but to landfill the used
product, as polystyrene is not accepted via kerbside schemes.
Mike Sammons, Sustainability Manager, Foodstuffs New Zealand
Ltd says: “Any replacement product needs to look better, work just
as well, be available at the same cost and be 100% recyclable at
kerbside. But we are determined to listen to our customers who have
been clear in telling us it’s time to move towards packaging that is
more environmentally friendly.”
After two years of product development, the team at New World
and PAK’nSAVE think they might have cracked it, says Sammons.
“Our packaging partner, Alto Packaging, developed, designed and
manufactured a recyclable plastic tray to our specifications, that
is currently being trialled in 19 New World and PAK’nSAVE stores
around the country,” says Sammons. “The meat tray ticks all the right
boxes in terms of sustainability and performance and furthermore
it’s made right here by one of New Zealand’s leading rigid plastic
The new tray comprises 50% recycled material and is accepted by
every kerbside recycling scheme across New Zealand and as its made of
clear plastic not black, it can be easily separated in the recycling centres.
“It’s also easy for customers to recycle. All the user has to do is give
the used meat tray a quick rinse under the tap as you do with a lot of
other recyclable packaging and pop it in the recycling bin,” confirms
Sammons. “By moving to this tray, New World and PAK’nSAVE
customers can avoid sending the equivalent of 14 Olympic size
swimming pools full of polystyrene to landfill each year.”
But the innovations don’t stop at the trays ability to be recycled say
Sammons. The real innovation lies in the trays ability to capture fluid
in the base. The little ‘dimples’ in the bottom of the tray hold the fluid
there even when tilted or turned upside down, meaning customers
don’t have to worry about any nasty meat fluids getting in amongst
The recyclable plastic meat tray is just one of a number of
sustainable innovations New World and PAK’nSAVE are bringing to
the market over the next year, and Sammons confirms the business
is committed to leading the charge on providing sustainable
supermarket shopping solutions.
Dr Christina Riesselman was honoured at a
reception hosted by L’Oréal NZ’s Executive
General Manager, Martin Smith.
Mike Sammons, Sustainability
Manager, Foodstuffs NZ
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