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Some recent projects undertaken by Helen Lewis Research are listed below, with links to further information. More projects are listed on the publications page.

Australian Battery Recycling Initiative

Helen is chief executive of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI). ABRI is a not-for-profit association established in 2008 to promote increased recycling of all battery types. Its members include battery manufacturers and retailers, recyclers, government agencies and environmental organisations.

Sustainable Packaging

Helen is recognised as a leader in the sustainable packaging field. She has worked closely with the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) to develop resources for signatories. The most recent of these were:

In 2013 Helen collaborated with RMIT University on research into packaging and food waste, with funding from CHEP.

Between 2010 and 2012 she undertook research for the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) and the APC on recyclability labels for packaging. This included extensive consultation with brand owners and retailers. Prior to this she undertook a detailed audit of environmental claims on packaging for a major supermarket chain to assess their legal compliance and opportunities for improvement.

Helen was one of the founding partners of the Sustainable Packaging Alliance, which provides organisations with knowledge, tools and skills to implement sustainability policies and strategies for packaging.

Design for environment

Helen has been involved in Design for Environment (DFE) since the mid-1990s, when she worked at the Centre for Design at RMIT University on the innovative ‘EcoReDesign’ program with Australian manufacturers. In 2001 she co-authored Design + Environment (Greenleaf, 2001), which has been re-printed several times.

In 2009 Helen wrote a series of 12 Quickstarts on Design for Sustainability with Plastics for the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA).

Energy efficiency

Helen has written or edited a number of business tools and case studies for the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program (Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism). These have included: