Sustainable packaging

New Zealand Post understands the importance of packaging and we are committed to providing a sustainable packaging solution for our customers. We recognise packaging is a complex process with impacts across the value chain and there is no practical truly sustainable option currently available. This is why we have signed the NZ Packaging declaration and committed to using 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025 or earlier.

To help guide us as new packaging is designed we have developed 11 sustainable packaging principles (PDF - 359KB).

Features of our packaging range


We have developed a new box range with more environmentally friendly features including:

  • increasing the recycled content
  • using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials
  • using water based inks.

All our boxes are 100% recyclable and can be recycled through local kerbside collection or at recycling points. This flyer (PDF - 1.4MB) has more information on the features of our Box range.

Visit our online shop to see the full range of boxes available.


Our plastic envelopes and parcel bubble bags are also fully recyclable within the soft plastic [plastic number 4 and 5] waste stream. Soft plastic packaging can be recycled at the Packaging Forum Soft Plastics Programme collection bins being rolled out across New Zealand at retailers including The Warehouse, New World and Pak’n’Save.

This flyer has more information on the features of our plastic mailer range (PDF - 90KB)

Visit our online shop to view our packaging range.