Product Innovations

Credible, usable, continual – Setting up an Environmental Management System that works for you

We are helping more and more companies throughout New Zealand and Australia as they negotiate both public demand and regulatory requirements for higher environmental standards. Meeting these standards and improving everyday efficiency often involves the formation of an Environmental Management System (EMS).

A good EMS should help reduce the environmental impact of your operation while maintaining efficiency and cutting waste. It will help your business set and then work towards environmental targets and, in doing so, ensure the operation achieves greater medium and long-term cost savings.

However, some companies see an EMS as a box-ticking exercise, while others see it as a valuable tool. They’re leaning into the work here and, as a result, are maximising opportunities today and future-proofing their operations for the changes of tomorrow.

For such businesses this means taking a closer look at packaging. Our R&D team is constantly assessing new packaging and processes that meet the changing needs of our clients. A strong, useable EMS can be of huge value when it comes to scoping improvements and tracking changes.

Here are a few quick tips for EMS enhancement:

1. Measure once. Measure twice.

Before you go about making changes, it’s important to know where you stand. It could be that your company’s environmental performance in some areas is already great, while in others it needs serious help. Analysing the current state of things is your first step, along with reviewing your company’s existing environmental goals and seeing how they measure up both in the present and for the future.

2. Think big (and small).

Once you have your data on hand look at where impact is being made here and now – and where further impact can be made in the future when recommended steps are followed. This involves an understanding of how both the legislative landscape and the natural environment are changing, and how effective your changes can be.

3. Set your goals.

To keep a clear picture of what you hope to achieve, look to create high level environmental objectives and targets within your EMS. This then gives you a starting point from which to establish practices and protocols to help achieve your goals. Many hands make light work. Keeping all employees aware of the wider picture here will help with compliance and ultimately make your targets easier to reach.

4. Get help from others.

Once you’ve got an effective plan, it’s important that data is regularly inputted. This doesn’t need to be a big job. In fact, it doesn’t even need to be done in-house. Good packaging and logistics companies should be able to supply clear records of what is being used. Not getting the data you need from suppliers? Then demand it. At Smart Pack we can provide this information to clients – and we’re always ready to discuss the requirements of your EMS and how we can help you meet the targets.

5. Assess, refine, evolve.

No EMS can live in a vacuum – it should be a malleable system built to react to a changing world. Through careful analysis and auditing, it should be possible not only to keep up with the standards but to surpass goals and targets. Doing so generally results in greater cost savings, waste minimisation, and community goodwill.

At Smart Pack we are committed to meeting ISO 14001 for Environmental Management through our own rigorous EMS. We see such a system as an essential asset for future focused businesses – and so we are dedicated to helping our clients to meet their commitments.

Product Innovations

Packaging food for thought – 4 recent innovations helping NZ’s onion and potato growers

As Kiwi growers embrace change with greater enthusiasm it’s safe to say “the way things have always been done” ethos is now a thing of the past. With an approach that’s equal parts common sense and uncommon innovation, they are now securing, sending, and selling their produce with a future-forward mindset.

In the world of onions and potatoes, where tradition often reigns supreme, we have noticed a real appetite for change recently.

Backed by our focus on research and development, this demand has allowed us to introduce and implement efficiencies that are now transforming the way produce is packaged and presented. As a result they’re celebrating important gains in packing efficiency, range adaptability, and packaging durability.

Here are four new approaches that have helped the onion and potato industry send their best product forward:

1. Bigger (and smaller) is better: An expanded size range for onion bags.

At Smart Pack we recognised the traditional limitations of onion bag sizes, and so got to developing further options to cater to the industry’s diverse needs. Whether it’s petite shallots or hefty onions, we can provide the perfect bag size to suit what’s needed.

2. Starting at the bottom (now we’re here): Block-Bottom potato bags.

The pioneering design of the new potato bags facilitate better stacking, enhanced in-store display, and increased space for brand messaging. With these block-bottom potato bags, products stand tall and proud, commanding attention on the shelves.

3. There’s something in the air: Introduction of Leno Bags for potatoes.

Responding to regional preferences, we’ve introduced a novel packaging solution tailored to local markets. Our Leno bags combine functionality with style, offering a unique packaging solution that has resonated with target audiences. This novel packaging solution has been a winner with our customers, the lightweight yet sturdy mesh fabric, reducing the overall weight and ensuring exporters can ship more bags per container.

4. In the eye of the bag-holder: Tailored design and marketing support.

Thanks to the collaborative support of our in-house design team, Kiwi growers are enjoying the ease with which packaging design can align and advance their brand identity. Whether it’s a rustic, artisanal look or a sleek, modern aesthetic, we can create packaging that reflects your brand values and resonates with your audience.

If you’d like to know more about how Smart Pack’s onion and potato packaging innovation can help you, get in touch with our team today.


Maximise exporting Potatoes with Smart Pack’s Leno Mesh Potato Bags

Are you in the business of exporting potatoes and looking for ways to optimize your packaging costs? Look no further! Smart Pack Limited introduces our new Leno Mesh Potato Bag range, designed to not only safely transport your product from A to B but also help you save money on exporting. In this blog, we will share some valuable tips on how to maximize cost-efficiency while utilizing our new leno mesh bags for your potato exports.

Lightweight Design:

One of the key advantages of our leno mesh potato bags is their lightweight construction. Traditional bags made from heavier materials, such as hessian, can significantly add to shipping costs due to increased weight. Our leno mesh bags are engineered with a lightweight yet sturdy mesh fabric, reducing the overall weight of each bag. This enables you to ship more bags per container, maximizing your export volume without incurring additional freight expenses.

Increased Ventilation:

Proper ventilation is crucial for maintaining the freshness and quality of potatoes during transportation. Unlike some more solid bags that restrict airflow, our leno mesh bags feature an open weave pattern that allows for optimal air circulation, as well as, help with shaking of any excess dirt on the potatoes. Improved ventilation helps regulate temperature and humidity, preventing moisture buildup that can lead to rot or spoilage. By using our leno mesh bags, you can minimize the risk of product damage, reducing potential financial losses.

Customized Sizing:

Smart Pack Limited understands that every potato export venture has unique requirements. To optimize cost-efficiency, our leno mesh bags can be customized in terms of size and capacity. By tailoring the bag dimensions to match the specific volume of your potato shipment, you can minimize unused space, prevent overpacking, and ultimately reduce overall packaging costs. Our team of experts can assist you in determining the ideal bag size for your export needs.

Bulk Ordering:

Maximize your savings by taking advantage of our bulk ordering options. By purchasing our leno mesh bags in large quantities, you can benefit from economies of scale, obtaining preferential pricing that lowers your cost per unit. Smart Pack Limited values long-term partnerships and is committed to offering competitive pricing for our valued customers.

Faster Processing

Our new leno mesh Potato bags feature a new beige weave that helps your operational team quickly and easily identify the product, speeding up packing and transporting processes. Creating efficiencies in any type of operational process within your business then saves on personnel and freight costs, with the added bonus of increasing satisfaction with your end customers.

Exporting potatoes can be a profitable venture, but optimizing packaging costs is essential for maximizing your profitability. Smart Pack’s Leno mesh potato bag range presents an innovative solution that not only enhances product quality but also helps you save money. With lightweight design, increased ventilation, enhanced durability, customized sizing, and bulk ordering options, our leno mesh bags provide a cost-effective packaging solution for your potato exports. Make a smart choice for your business by partnering with Smart Pack to revolutionize your potato packaging process today. | hello@

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Multi-use vs. Single-use Bulk Bags: Key Factors to Consider

Bulk bags, also known as flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs), are large bags designed for carrying and storing large quantities of materials. They are available in different types, including multi-use and single-use bulk bags. While both types of bags serve the same purpose, there are significant differences between them that buyers need to know before making a decision.

Single-use bulk bags, also known as disposable bags, are made of materials such as polypropylene and are intended for one-time use only. They are designed to carry and store bulk materials such as powders, granules, and grains. Once they have been used, they are disposed of and replaced with new ones.

On the other hand, multi-use bulk bags are designed to be used multiple times before they need to be replaced. They are made of durable materials such as woven polypropylene and have a higher capacity to withstand heavy loads and rough handling. Multi-use bulk bags are also referred to as reusable bags, as they can be used several times before they reach the end of their service life.

Here are some factors to consider when deciding between multi-use and single-use bulk bags:


Single-use bulk bags are generally less expensive than multi-use bulk bags. However, the cost of using single-use bags can add up quickly if they are used frequently. In contrast, multi-use bulk bags require a higher upfront investment but can be cost-effective in the long run due to their durability and reusability.

Environmental Impact:

Single-use bulk bags have a significant environmental impact as they contribute to the growing amount of waste generated globally. In contrast, multi-use bulk bags are eco-friendly as they reduce waste and help conserve resources. They also help reduce carbon emissions as fewer bags are required overall.


Single-use bulk bags are recommended in situations where hygiene is a top priority. For example, in the food industry, where contamination can pose a significant risk to public health. Single-use bags can be easily disposed of after use, reducing the risk of cross-contamination. Multi-use bags require regular cleaning and inspection to ensure they remain hygienic and safe to use.

Storage Space:

Single-use bags take up less storage space than multi-use bags, making them a better option for companies with limited storage space. Multi-use bags require more space for storage as they need to be stored properly to prevent damage and maintain their quality.


Both multi-use and single-use bulk bags have their advantages and disadvantages, and the choice between the two depends on the needs of the user. Single-use bags are a cost-effective option for those who require bulk storage occasionally and need to conserve storage space. Multi-use bags are a more sustainable option for those who require frequent bulk storage and handling of materials. Ultimately, choosing the right type of bulk bag comes down to a careful consideration of the specific needs of the user.

Still unsure which type of bulk bag is best for your business? Get in touch with our team to discuss your specific needs and receive personalised recommendations.
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How to get more out of your Onion Bags

Each year, it’s a given that you’ll use bags to deliver fresh produce to your customers. What you may not realise, is that there are potential gains to be made when it comes to your packaging.

Upgrading your bags doesn’t always mean spending more money, often, it’s about finding efficiencies that save on cost. Below we have a few tweaks you can make, that could be the difference between having less or more in the bank at the end of the day.
  1. Optimise your machinery & bags to achieve higher production output:

Many pack-houses in the industry have invested in high-quality automatic wicket onion bagging presenters. Although there is capital expenditure, your return on investment will be quickly realised by increases in productivity and decreases reliance on labor. To ensure you get the production output you are after on your automated wicket machines, it is important to have high quality wicket bags. Smart Pack’s wicket bags come very well packed in bales to ensure the bags present seamlessly to the machine, maximizing production outputs.

  1. Utilise Full-Graphic Custom Branding (Our design & print service)

Marketing is no doubt a great way to get your bags to stand out. We’ve developed a new design with full-graphic print to help with this and to bring something new and fresh to the industry for your generic bag requirements.

If you are looking to perosnalise your onion bags with branding, contact Smart Packs Graphic Design team who can support you in achieving the desired look and feel. Sometimes it just takes a small tweak, like using high-quality print and the same amount of effort to maximise on this area of your packaging. And at little to no extra cost to growers, it’s a win, win in our books!

  1. Analyze your weave quality:

Are your onion bags under or over specified?

If your bags are under specified, you may see the leno mesh stretching too much. This will cause issues with stacking the bags as the bags will fail to hold their shape. It may also result in damaged onions, decreasing customer satisfaction.

If your bags are over specified, there may be some cost benefits that Smart Pack can assist you with, whilst still ensuring the bag is still fit for purpose. Smart Pack can identify this by analysing both the weight and weave pattern of your current bags.

  1. Consider using non-baffle bulk bags instead of baffle bulk bags:

Are you exporting or packing bags for export to Europe? Many of these are transported in ventilated bulk bags, predominantly with internal baffles. Baffle bulk bags are ideal for this as they hold their form well, however they are considerably more expensive than un-baffled bulk bags.

Smart Pack have developed a new option for un-baffled onion bulk bags. The superior weave on our un-baffled onion bulk bags ensures the bag holds it’s structure and shape when being transported, fits well in the containers and will save you considerably on cost.

unbaffled vs baffled onion bulk bag
unbaffled vs baffled onion bulk bag


If you are looking for support on any of the above or if you would like to request samples of our onion bags, talk to the team today – 06 356 9835 | hello@


5 ways to be Packaging Prepared for Spring

With a lot of the primary sector forecasting and planning for the Spring rush, having your packaging prepared will reduce the risk of unwanted surprises.

Here are 5 important points to consider this season:

  1. No bags – No business – we get this.

With 100’s of customers having to manage seasonal requirements, it’s safe to say we understand the impact it has on your business if you run out of bags. Even if accurate forecasting is a challenge for you, Smart Pack have the systems, capabilities and infrastructure to navigate variances, remove the risk and ensure you’re in safe hands.

Here’s a few things we’re doing to ensure we never run our customers out of bags:

  • Forecasting – Robust analysis of previous seasons actual numbers and collaboration on upcoming trends.
  • Reporting – Detailed real-time reporting.
  • Inventory Management – We’ll customize a plan just for your business to ensure it fits with your cashflow requirements and physical capacity to store and handle the stock.
  • NZ Printing – In-house printing/overprinting service with low MOQ’s and fast turnaround – perfect for those times when you need to launch a new product at the 11th
  • Warehousing/Logistics – We have warehousing right across NZ and Australia to ensure you bags are there when and where you need them.


  1. Compliance & Recyclability

With the priority products identified for regulated product stewardship, the recyclability of your on farm-plastics has become more of a priority. Being ahead of the game and knowing the types of bags that are best for these recycling/collection schemes is a sure-fire way to not get caught out. We have been working with Agrecovery to identify the packaging materials and specifications that are most ideal to align with the schemes in place.

Talk to our team today about how your bags may be affected and what you can do to be working towards the future.


  1. Packaging Design and Marketing

Design is a crucial part of your packaging, so try to make sure you have covered the following:

  • Labelling – ensure you have the correct labelling of products so that you are compliant with any warnings/regularity requirements.
  • Visual Impact – ensure you’ve maximized on marketing potential – making sure your bags stand out next to competitors in retail situations.
  • Product Differentiation – maximize design elements such as color as product differentiation, so your staff and customers can work quickly and efficiently with your bags.

Our in-house Design team can offer expert recommendations based on your branding and operation to boost your brand through packaging design.


  1. Integration with your packing equipment

When was the last time you reviewed your packing/filling processes? We’ve found that even the smallest of tweaks can make a world of difference in creating efficiencies to your operations.

Whether it’s switching a measurement or reducing the specifications, there’s usually a way to improve efficiency. Our SMART360 framework is used by our team to identify opportunities within your packaging processes where we can boost productivity and in turn profitability.

Contact one of the team today for a no obligation SMART360 appraisal.


  1. Supply Chain Sustainability

A packaging partner that understands the bigger picture of your business, industry and operation is a huge advantage. Even though you can’t see what’s around the corner, you can have confidence that there will be no risks or surprises with your supply.

Smart Pack has created a well-oiled supply chain network to ensure delivery lead times, quality and reliability never let you down. All our suppliers are taken through a rigorous validation process to ensure we are delivering you the best.

For support on all of the above, contact our team today – hello@ | +64 6 356 9835

Charities We Support

Smart Pack Giving Back – Help Boost Jamie to Berlin!

This week we start off Smart Pack Giving Back 2023 with Theo, our Production all-rounder. Theo has chosen to donate to his good friend Jamie Davidson, who was recently selected to represent NZ in athletics at the Special Olympics in Berlin, and now needs to raise $16,000 to get there in June!

A message from Jamie…

My name is Jamie Davidson. I am 24 years old and have down syndrome. I live in Pahiatua with my Mum. You may have seen that I have recently been selected to represent NZ at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, in June 2023, in the sport of athletics.

I am going to be fundraising over the next few months to raise the $16,000 required and am seeking any possible funding support to make this a reality.

My fund raising is starting with a wood raffle. I am about to start splitting wood to enable me to sell some loads. I would like to hold a quiz night and put together further raffles. In addition, I am going to be making my wooden spoons to sell too.

I am hoping to gain support from local businesses who may be able to offer financial assistance or donations of goods or vouchers that can be included in raffles or as quiz prizes, or help to raise my profile through social media.

Theo and the Smart Pack team wish Jamie all the best for his fundraising efforts as well as his Special Olympics Journey.

If you too would like to assist Jamie’s journey, contact –  Jean Davidson (Jamie’s Mum) on 027 340 2058 or


Considering a switch to Polyethylene (PE) Bags?

The current theme surrounding packaging in NZ is change.

With more of a focus on sustainable products and processes a lot of NZ businesses are looking at further packaging options to match their environmental objectives.
As a packaging partner we are always expanding our offering to accommodate these changes. To add to our recyclable packaging options, we are now introducing Polyethylene (PE) Open Mouth and Valve Bags.

If considering a change to Open Mouth PE Bags, there are a few important areas to be aware of. This is where a packaging partner can help you find a solution for your specific needs, but for now here are some of the main points to preface:

Filling of bags

Filling LDPE (Low density Polyethylene) Bags is very similar to common industrial agriculture bags and can often be completed on existing machinery designed for Woven Polypropylene or Multi-wall Paper bags. However, you may find some LDPE (Low density Polyethylene) bags are not as rigid which means automated machinery may need to be adjusted slightly to accommodate the change in bag material.

Closing of bags

LDPE bags are heat-sealed closed which results in a strong and air-tight seal. Your production targets, and your current equipment will need to be considered to reach your specific output goals. Contact us for a list if automation machinery suppliers.


PE bags have lower anti slip properties compared to other packaging therefore may be more likely to move when stacked compared to Woven PP and MWP bags. However, with current technologies there are small changes that can be made to the specification and construction to ensure minimal movement when stacking. It is also recommended, dependant on the product going in the bag, that you add perforations or punch holes so the air can be released as fast as possible to keep a consistent stack pattern.

Bag Construction Types:

Valve PE Bags are also an excellent option for all interested and have a range of options to meet your needs.


Full-graphic printing can be utilised for optimal branding exposure as well as simple and time-efficient methods such as our in-house flexographic printing (up to 5 colours).


100% recyclable in New Zealand if the bag is thoroughly cleaned out and returned to a facility with recycling capacity.


The price will typically depend on the construction, material, printing, and quantity of your bags. You can usually see the cost of PE bags sitting between that of WPP and MWP.

Smart Pack are the experts when it comes to PE bags and can cover all the above and more so you  can have confidence when making the switch.

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How optimising your Bulk Bags can save you time and money when exporting

Feeling the strain of current freight delays and rising costs? Here’s how you can maximise container space and reduce loading times through optimizing your Bulk Bags.

1. Make sure your Bulk Bags are the right size to maximize on space in the container.

As we all know, the cost of international freight prices are rising therefore it’s important that we utilise any and every space within containers – no one likes paying for air to be transported across the ocean!

For exporting, we recommend a baffle constructed bulk bag as they hold their square shape for maximum utilisation of space and stability when transporting.

When selecting your Bulk Bag size, consider the following points:
  • What is the internal width, length & height of the container being used? A common 20ft container is 5.89m long x 2.35m wide x 2.39m high.
  • Baffle bulk bags will bulge a little bit between the baffles so ensure you run trials or add an additional 20mm on each side for each bag in your calculations.
  • Within the container, make sure the bags are not rubbing against each other as this can result in difficulty loading into the container and material damage caused by friction between the bags.
Circular vs Baffle Bulk Bags
Circular vs Baffle Bulk Bags

Baffle Bulk Bags have a more square look and hold their form well which is why they stack better than Circular Bulk Bags.

2. Ensure your Bulk Bags are manufactured to a high quality to optimize loading and space efficiency.

Not all Bulk Bags are made the same! The quality can make a significant difference to the loading speed and the amount of space it needs within the container.

It’s important to partner with a supplier who you know can supply high quality Bulk Bags that hold their form, to ensure you are receiving bags that meet your specific requirements, every time.

Below are some key points to ensure your bulk bag is fit for purpose:
  • Weave type – Bulk Bags stack, load and transport the best when you have a quality, tight weave pattern.
  • Baffle Specification – The baffles need to be constructed in a way that ensures efficient loading, holds square with a flat bottom and doesn’t grin or open at the seams.
  • Cross Corner Loops that hold their shape – The better quality cross corner loops you have,  the easier it is to pick up and load your Bulk Bags. This reduces people power you need for the job and in turn, reduces the Health and Safety risks of having multiple people involved in the process.
  • Certification – If you are transporting food products, your bags are required to meet the NZ food grade standards. Having supplier that offers Quality Control and Certified Packaging Processes minimizes any risk of thread & material contamination and supply chain mishaps.

Whatever industry you may be in, if you’re exporting product in Bulk Bags, having a packaging partner that understands every part of the process from manufacturing to export, can save you time, money, and stress now and down the line.

Want to explore how you can export your product more efficiently? Get in touch with the team today!

Product Innovations

Billboards are out, BOPP Bulk Bags are in!

Your business may use Bulk Bags as a part of your operation, but what you didn’t know, until now, is that they can be a seriously powerful marketing tool.

Our new BOPP Full-Graphic Print Bulk bags are made with a BOPP laminate film which allows them to be full-graphic printed, giving you the opportunity to use your bags as a B2B or even B2C marketing medium.

Construction, Landscaping, Grain & Seed, Horticulture and Stockfeed are just a few of the industries that can benefit from utilizing their Bulk packaging for communications. Imagine, a busy job site on a main street and there it is, a Bulk Bag with your brand, in front of 100s if not 1000s of people who drive past. No need to pay for costly Signage or Billboards when you can use what’s already available on-site, your Bulk Bags!

Here are 3 ways to utilize BOPP printed Bulk Bags for Marketing:

  1. During an advertising campaign:

Running a campaign? One of the more commonly used outdoor marketing tools are billboards. Although Billboards get great visibility, they are a costly and can take up a lot of your advertising budget. The average cost of a billboard in NZ is between $1,900 to $3,600 per month which is budget that could be used elsewhere within your business or even saved!

  1. To create brand awareness:

The more people that see your brand the more they will remember it and the more they will bring it up in conversation (referrals). Your Bulk Bags have a multitude of potential touch points on it’s journey from supplier to logistics, to reseller, to customer, to job site and beyond. Most of these touch points involve people, people who will see and remember your brand. So when you have packaging that is eye-catching, carries a message and illustrates what you do all in one place you can see how they are an extremely under-utilized branding tool.

  1. Brand/Product differentiation and identification:

Packaging design is holding more importance in industries such as Stockfeed and especially for brands that have multiple products and ranges. Larger product result in difficulty identifying different products. Choosing your colours, imagery and design layout will be the difference between saving time, avoiding mistakes with logistics and making identification easier for customers when selling through retail stores.

Having the contents in full-graphic print on the side of your bulk bags could solve potential identification issues within your operation and can be used to market those products to your chosen target market.

Not sure how your brand will transfer to a Bulk Bag? Our in-house design team understand how best to display your brand on BOPP Bulk Bags and can supply artwork, help with layout and walk you through the design process.

Your Bulk Bags connect with multiple parts of your business every day, which means you could be missing out on opportunities to utilize your bags for more than transporting or storing your products. BOPP Bulk bags can deliver important messages, build brand awareness, and create custom solutions for your business.

Wanting to know more about our BOPP Bulk Bags? Contact the team today – 06 356 9835 | hello@

Charities We Support

Supporting Grassroots Trust Rescue Helicopter

Our #SmartPackGivingBack Charity this week was chosen by Dexter, our Procurement Manager. Being an avid mountain biker he loves being outdoors but understands the types of difficult situations you can find yourself in, especially when in a remote place. This is why he has chosen to support Grassroots Trust Rescue Helicopter.

Grassroots Trust Rescue Helicopter provides support to search and rescue missions right through to medical emergencies. They work around the close and can access remote locations within minutes. It’s a comfort for many to know that charity groups like them are operating and ready to help when the community need them most.

Grassroots Trust Rescue Helicopter
Grassroots Trust Rescue Helicopter
Charities We Support

7.163 million food items removed from the waste stream – Supporting Just Zilch

Our Marketing Manager Ashley has chosen Just Zilch as her #SmartPackGivingBack Charity of choice this week because she appreciates how Rebecca and the team collect what would otherwise be wasted and return it to those in need.

It’s safe to say we would all be quite shocked at how much food goes to waste every single day. The supermarkets, cafes. schools and all other food based businesses will all have some sort left over goods at the end of the day, so 11 years ago Rebecca saw an opportunity to help her community.

Just Zilch is located at 248 Featherston Street Pamerston North and has 2 shifts where they open their doors to the public: 1:00 – 2:30pm & 4:30 – 6pm. On average they support around 250 people with food and goods each day and that in turn supports the family members they take it home to which would in reality be closer to 750 a day!

Take a look at how you too can support Just Zilch:

For more information on Just Zilch, visit their website.

If you would like to donate you can do so here.

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Charities We Support

Supporting St John

It was our Managing Director, Leon’s turn to choose a charity to support for our #SmartPackGivingBack initiative and he chose to donate to the worthy volunteers at St John.

St John have a multitude of different initiatives that help those in need out in our communities. These include intiatives such as: Health Shuttles, Caring Caller, Friends of the emergency department/hospital friends, ASB St Johns in schools, Youth programmes and Partnered programmes.

They encourage people to volunteer if they have a passion for helping others and have the time to give to the community. St John heavily relies on donations for these community services and encourages anyone who can to support the cause.

For more information on St John visit their website.

If you would like to donate you can do so here or at your local St John Op Shop.

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Customer Stories

A more sustainable packaging option for Sharpes Farm Feeds

We’re all about Bags and Sacks that deliver the goods and when Sharpes needed a more sustainable way to deliver their feeds we jumped on board as their packaging partner.

With recycling under pressure, WPP bags have great functionalities but aren’t so friendly on the environment. Sharpes took a leap with us and you’ll now see their lifestyle range in Multi-wall Paper Bags.

Sharpes saw their packaging as an opportunity to do things differently, watch for more on how we helped them do exactly that:

For more information on Sharpes Stock Feed visit their website.

If you would like to learn more about our paper bag options feel free to email us or give us a call on +64 6 356 9835

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Customer Stories

Ngai Tahu Cleaning Up Rakiura Titi Islands

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu , who own the Rakiura Titi Islands (18 islands situated around Stewart Island) have devised a an annual work program in order to clear rubbish from the islands.

The purchasing of the lifting bags from Smart Pack has been a huge contribution to it’s success. With these new certified bags it lessens the potential spread of weeds and seeds across the islands.

Each whānau has an opportunity to use the Bulk Bags then the bags are lifted off the island by helicopter and taken back to the mainland.

Ngāi Tahu fund this operation and is recognised by environmentalists as an excellent example of Māori caring for the islands.

For more information on Ngai Tahu Iwi and what they’ve been doing visit their website.

If you would like to learn more about our Bulk Bag range click here.

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Charities We Support

Supporting Autism NZ

Our Warehouse and Logistics Manager, Dallas chose Autism NZ as his charity to support which was inspired by his whanau and particularly his niece, who has autism. He appreciates what charities like Autism NZ do for not those with autism and their families and the resources and knowledge they provide in order to help people better understand and diagnose autism.

Navigating the world of autism.

We’ve spent many years working with autistic people and the wider autism community to help support, inform, and educate. Let Autism New Zealand take every step with you.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects approximately 93,000* New Zealanders. The traits associated with autism span a wide spectrum and lead to a different way of seeing the world and interacting with others. Autism New Zealand has worked continuously with the community to deliver thousands of educational programmes that increase public understanding of autism. We assist autistic people and those who make up their support network to learn about autism and find the supports and services they would like to access.

Feel free to contact us should you want to know more, or find out more about this charity.
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Supporting Blind Low Vision NZ

Our South Island sales guru Henry Boon’s choice of charity, Blind Low Vision NZ, was inspired by his birthday bud and close family friend, Natalie, who lost her vision at a young age.


Henry knows that Natalie has never to let anything hold her back from experiencing all that life has to offer and appreciates the work that the foundation do each day to help support those who need their services, from guide pups to technology and everything in between.

Fun fact: Henry was already sponsoring a guide pup in training that will hopefully one day positively impact a persons life 🦮

‘Life without limits’

Every day, an average of six New Zealanders turn to Blind Low Vision NZ for support with sight loss. Some are still reeling and are looking for emotional support; many want to find ways to remain self-reliant, to stay in work and get around independently. All want to find ways of doing the things that are important to them. Blind Low Vision NZ is there to provide practical and emotional support, to advocate for inclusive communities and lead the way in vision rehabilitation. Blind Low Vision NZ advocates for accessible and inclusive communities because they believe people with sight loss should be able to get around public spaces like any other member of the community, access the same information, and pursue the career of their dreams without unnecessary barriers.

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Supporting Alzheimers NZ

Lucas Grapes, who works in our Production department, chose Alzheimers NZ as his charity of choice. Alzheimers NZ is an important charity to Lucas, as he has an uncle living with the disease, and knows how debilitating it can be. He wanted to show support for the invaluable research that Alzheimers NZ undertake to help those affected by dementia, as well as their loved ones. Smart Pack are proud to support the Alzheimers NZ charity and the incredible work they do.

‘A dementia friendly New Zealand’

Alzheimers NZ represents people living with dementia in New Zealand, by raising awareness of dementia, providing information and resources, advocating for high quality services, and promoting research about prevention, treatment, cure and care. Dementia can affect anyone, and as people get older, the chances of developing dementia increase. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease – which around two-thirds of people with dementia have. The symptoms each person experiences depends on the parts of the brain that are affected. However, the most common dementia symptoms include changes in memory, thinking, behaviour, personality and emotions. These changes affect a person’s ability to perform tasks and interfere with their everyday lives. Dementia is progressive, which means that for most people the changes gradually spread through the brain and lead to the symptoms getting worse.


Local Alzheimers organisations provide the following services:

  • Information and education to assist with understanding and living with a dementia diagnosis
  • Support for family and friends coping with the demands of caring
  • Support groups and day programmes for people affected by dementia
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Supporting Starship Foundation

Tiffany Smith, who is our International Purchasing Manager, chose the Starship Foundation as her charity of choice. Starship is a charity close to Tiffany’s heart, as a mother of 3 young children. She appreciates all that Starship does, and knows her children would be adequately cared for if they ever needed it. Smart Pack are proud to support the Starship Foundation and the incredible work they do.

‘Our children. Better health. Brighter futures.’

Starship is the life-line for children all over New Zealand, with more than 144,000 patient visits and appointments each year. Starship has a number of urgent projects across the hospital that need funding, such as upgraded and modernised clinical spaces, and the Starship National Air Ambulance Service. Smart Pack is happy to know that our donation will help accelerate and deliver sustainable world-class healthcare for children, bringing them better health and brighter futures.

supporting starship charityTiffany Smith chose Starship Foundation as her charity of choice
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Supporting Ronald McDonald House

Home is where the heart is, its time to support the Ronald McDonald House Charity! This charity is certainly close to home for Jack Power, as he started his work journey at the age of 15 at McDonalds, where he learnt all about this wonderful charity and how it helps children across the globe. These days you can find Jack in our production and dispatch departments. Smart Pack are proud to support the Ronald McDonald House charity and the incredible work they do.

Keeping families together, positively impacting on their journey, by allowing them to focus on their children

The RMHC (Ronald McDonald House Charities) is over 40 years old, and has houses operating in over 40 countries. They provide support to families when their child is in a New Zealand hospital away from home. Their programmes take care of the practical things in life, so families can focus on their child staying in a hospital away from home. This helps to relieve stresses like paying for a place to sleep near the hospital, organising family meals, and needing a friendly ear to listen on tough days.

supporting RMHCJack Power chose Ronald McDonald House as his charity of choice
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Supporting CanTeen – Bandanna Day

Get out your bandannas, its time to support CanTeen! Eilish Walton, who oversees our graphic design and customer service, loves spending time with her niblings (nieces and nephews), and believes no young person should face hardship alone. Eilish has chosen to give back to CanTeen as it’s a charity close to her heart. Smart Pack are proud to support CanTeen and the support they give to young people living with cancer.

‘Cancer doesn’t care. We do.’

CanTeen has been around for 30 years, and their mission is to make sure young people don’t have to face cancer alone. Around 4,200 young people across New Zealand are impacted by cancer each year, whether it’s their own diagnosis or that of an immediate family member. CanTeen is there to help 13-24 year-olds dealing with their own cancer, their parent or sibling’s cancer, or the death of a parent or sibling. They do this by providing a wide range of support services, free of charge.

This year, the 1st of April was Bandanna Day. We wanted to do our bit by getting our workplace involved in this awesome initiative.

smart pack employee supporting bandanna day 2022Eilish Walton chose CanTeen as her charity of choice
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ISO – what is this?

No doubt you have heard of ISO Accreditation/Certification before? – if not, these are global standards set by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).
ISO standards cover a wide range of business functions across manufacturing, systems/processes and product requirements to name a few.

Well… at Smart Pack, we continuously strive to be at the top of our game for you and your customers, and our people, without forgetting the importance of caring for our environment. With that top of mind, we decided that we’d do what needs to be done to get the accreditations to match our expectations.

That’s why we did the mahi and got awarded with the relevant accreditations earlier this month.

We are now officially certified by Telarc for the following:

ISO 9001:2015 – Quality Management

ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management

ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational Health & Safety Management

We’re pretty excited with this achievement, once again making us a better company. If you’d like to know more on this, feel free to get in contact with Donna Marshall, who spearheaded these accreditations for us.

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Supporting RRT – Operation 322

At Smart Pack, we endeavour to give back where we can, and know that every little bit counts to achieve big goals. That’s why we chose to make a donation towards RRT’s (Rapid Relief Team) Operation 322. This appeal is an inspiring cause, showing us how positive the worlds humanity can be. It’s all about care and compassion.

In response to the unfolding crisis in Ukraine, RRT launched a large scale humanitarian aid campaign, Operation 322, to deliver essential supplies to Ukrainian refugees. Two weeks on from the launch and ten truckloads of support later, and the need is not diminishing. RRT is ramping up Operation 322 and we’re calling on you to help raise £1 million for the people of Ukraine. Ukrainian’s are fleeing with not much more than the clothes on their back, so the basic necessities such as essential food and personal care products are in high demand.

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Supporting the Child Cancer Foundation

Most of our customers will know Levi and how committed he is to Smart Pack. Levi Currie is our National Sales Manager and always goes the extra mile to help – whether it be for business or personal. His choice of charity sits close to home, as he and his family suffered a personal loss to child cancer. Smart Pack are proud to support the Child Cancer Foundation and the ground-breaking childhood cancer research they fund.

‘We are there, every step of the way’

Finding out your child has cancer turns your life upside down. It happens to more than 3 Kiwi families every week, and none of them ever thought it would happen to their child. For over 40 years, the Child Cancer Foundation has stood by their principle of ensuring every family going through childhood cancer in New Zealand has someone there to support them at a time when they need it most. No families’ experiences are the same, and neither is the support they need, so that’s why the Child Cancer Foundation provides personalised support to families in 5 main areas: building resilience, social connection, emotional wellbeing, practical support, and moving forward.

Child Cancer Foundation’s 2022 street appeal, which is their biggest fundraising event, was cancelled due to Covid-19, so we wanted to help them and the 369 Kiwi kids fighting cancer.

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Supporting KidsCan

Laura McGillivray is our Finance Office here at Smart Pack, and her choice of charity is KidsCan. Laura believes that all children deserve a happy and carefree childhood, as well as the opportunity for a better future. Smart Pack are proud to support KidsCan and help provide essentials for Kiwi kids to learn.

‘A better New Zealand for all Kiwi Kids’.

KidsCan provides essentials to 854 schools, 122 ECE’s (Early Childhood Education), and 200,000+ kids across New Zealand. This equates to about 5 million items every year. These essentials are Food (breakfast, lunch, and snacks every day for 40,000 school kids), Clothing (fleece-lined jackets, shoes, and socks), and Health Products.

supporting kidscan charityLaura chose KidsCan as her charity of choice
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