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"The most serious, rigorous and prestigious international competition for sustainability in packaging"
The Sustainability Awards is back for 2021

#SustainabilityAwards2021

Packaging waste, climate change and other environmental crises demand an urgent and joined up response from the CPG industry.

Challenging us to take a rigorous and holistic view, the Sustainability Awards sets the agenda on best practice, turns the spotlight on the most important areas of R&D, and helps separate greenwash from the innovations that make a genuine difference.

Sustainability Awards is independently judged by an expert jury representing a cross-section of the international packaging value chain, including leading brand owners and retailers, sustainability organisations, waste management, academia and industry experts. Each year the competition sees ever growing engagement, assessing submissions from start-ups and global brands by the same, carefully considered criteria.

The Sustainability Awards will is open forsubmissions in 2021 from 25th January to 24th March
Submit your entry
SIX CATEGORIES + ONE OVERALL WINNER
Independently judged
WPO WORLD STAR ACCREDITED
Virtual & live coverage
"Due to the win in the competition, we have already been contacted by three major brand owners to discuss our innovation and packaging R&D."
ANNA TENHUNEN (VTT)
"The Sustainability Awards is a wonderful project. I particularly like the fact that all levels of the market are covered. It is not just about the circular economy and design for recycling, but looking at sustainability holistically."
THOMAS REINER (FORMER DVI DEUTSCHES VERPACKUNGSINSTITUT)
"Thank you very much to Packaging Europe for the organisation of the Sustainability Awards, which contributes hugely towards sustainability and motivates the industry."
SUSANA PLIEGO (COCA-COLA)

featuring the Sustainability Awards 2021

29-30 SEPTEMBER 2021 | FACHPACK, NUREMBERG | COMBINED WITH YEAR-ROUND VIRTUAL CONTENT

Join us at our live virtual events throughout the year and face to face for the awards ceremony and unmissable discussions at FachPack, Nuremberg

The winners of the Sustainability Awards 2020 2021 willbe announced as part of the wider programme of panels, workshops and networkingevents in comprising theSustainable Packaging Summit 20202021. Followingthe success of last year’s season of live virtual events, thisyear we will be combining year-round digital sessions with physicalevents in the autumn, culminating in the Sustainability Awards ceremony andSustainable Packaging Summit at FachPack in Nuremberg, Germany, on 29-30September. To join the value chain,regulators, NGOs and recyclers in discussion of key dilemmas while keepingeveryone safe in this time of pandemic, we’re hosting this year’s Summit as aseason of virtual events throughout October and November 2020. You’rewelcome to join us online and in person

Once the Sustainable Packaging Summit is finished, we invite everyone to stay at PackBox Forum for the Sustainability Awards winner announcements, trophy presentations, drinks and nibbles, and continuing discussion of responsible packaging!

Speaker line-up

Gian De Belder

Principal Scientist – packaging R&D P&G

Packaging sustainability: P&G’s
Ambition 2030, latest innovations
and value chain collaboration.

Dana Mosora

Consultant CEFLEX

CEFLEX: driving the circular economy
for flexible packaging through full
value chain collaboration.

Chris Daly

VP Supply ChainStrategy, Transformation
and Sustainability, PepsiCo Europe
and Sub Saharan Africa

A Circular Future Today

Tom Szaky

TerraCycle Founder & CEO

Eliminating the Idea of Waste

Kim Houchens (Amazon)
Tom Szaky (TerraCycle)
Gian De Belder (P&G)
David Katz (Plastic Bank)
Louis Lindenberg (Unilever)
Archana Jagannathan (PepsiCo)
James Bull (Tesco)
Hans Van Bochove (Coca-Cola)
Antonino Furfari (Plastics Recyclers Europe)
Join us at our live virtual events throughout the year and face to face for the awards ceremony and unmissable discussions at FachPack, Nuremberg

The winners of the Sustainability Awards 2021 will be announced as part of the wider programme of panels, workshops and networking events comprising the Sustainable Packaging Summit 2021. Following the success of last year’s season of live virtual events, this year we will be combining year-round digital sessions with physical events in the autumn, culminating in the Sustainability Awards ceremony and Sustainable Packaging Summit at FachPack in Nuremberg, Germany, on 29-30 September.  You’re welcome to join us online and in person.

Access forth coming and previous virtual discussions here
Sustainable Packaging Summit participants include:
Kim Houchens (Amazon)
Tom Szaky 
(TerraCycle)
Gian De Belder 
(P&G)
Nina Goodrich
(Sustainable Packaging Coalition)
Louis Lindenberg (Unilever)
Archana Jagannathan 
(PepsiCo)
Feliks Bezati
(Mars)
Julia Koskella (SYSTEMIQ)
Hans Van Bochove (Coca-Cola)
Antonino Furfari 
(Plastics RecyclersEurope)
Philippe Blank (Henkel)
Francesca Stevens (EUROPEN)
Gerald Naber (EMF)

This Years WINNERS

Bio-based Packaging

Melodea

Barrier solution based on celluloseNanoCrystals

Driving the Circular Economy

HolyGrail

Investigating the impact of tagging on accurate sorting and recycling

Machinery

Bobst

DigiColorink on demand to reduce ink
waste in printing

Readers' Award

NestléPaper Wrappers

Recyclable wrapper for the YES! snack bar

Best Practice

HenkelBeautyCare

Social Plastic ecosystem

Resource Efficiency

SulzerMixpac  

Collapsible cartridge for adhesive applications

Recyclable Packaging

Offmar S.r.l.  

Wave Bag

2019 Overall Winner

HolyGrail

Investigating the impact of tagging on accurate sorting and recycling

HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THE 2021 SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

Enter the Awards

Submit your sustainable packaging innovation or initiative. Entries can be submitted (there’s no charge to participate) via our online platform between 25 January and 24 March 2021. Full instructions and rules can be found in the Essential Information section below.

Join us at the Sustainable Packaging Summit

The winners of the 2021 Sustainability Awards will be announced on 29 September, as part of the Sustainable Packaging Summit at FachPack in Nuremberg, Germany.

Connect with the sustainability conversation

Throughout this year, the Sustainability Awards serves as a focal point to share innovation strategies, discuss best practice, and cross-fertilise ideas. To participate in this conversation or simply ensure you receive updates on the competition, sign up to our newsletter and follow @packagingeurope.

2019 TIMELINE

April 1st

Submissions Open

May 20th

Submissions Close

July 23rd

Finalists announced

September 25th

Sustainability Awards ceremony and Sustainable Packaging Summit at FachPack.

Timeline

Submissions open
20 Jan
Submissions close
15 May
Finalists announced
14 June
Sustainability Awards ceremony and Sustainable Packaging Summit
15 Oct

Timeline

Submissions open
25 Jan
Submissions close
24 March
Finalists announced
17 May
Sustainability Awards ceremony and Sustainable Packaging Summit
29-30 Sep

2020 WINNERS

2018 Winners

OVERALL WINNER - UFLEX

BIO-BASED PACKAGING

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd - Cellulose-based packaging solution

BEST PRACTICE

Coca-Cola - This is Forward Circular Economy

DRIVING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

James Cropper - CupCycling™

RESOURCE EFFICIENCY

Uflex Limited - Waterless Internet Flower Packaging

MACHINERY

Amcor Rigid Plastics and The Liquiform Group - LiquidForming Plastic Bottles

RECYCLABLE PACKAGING

Mayr-Melnhof Karton GmbH - FOODBOARD™ virgin fibre

2020 Winners

Overall Winner

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research

bioORMOCER®

BEST PRACTICE

Henkel
EasyD4R® – publicly shared software tool for evaluating the recyclability of plastic, paper, glass as well as metal packaging

BIO-BASED PACKAGING

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research
bioORMOCER® - bio-based and biodegradable functional barrier coatings

DRIVING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Penn Color
High opacity & premium whiteness PET packages with 0% TiO2 content

MACHINERY

Syntegon Technology
PaperForming Technology

RECYCLABLE PACKAGING

Bericap
BericapValve

RESOURCE EFFICIENCY

Ruinart, Pusterla 1880 & James Cropper
Maison Ruinart ‘second skin’

READERS' AWARD

Beiersdorf  
NIVEA shower gel refill station

PRE-COMMERCIALISED INNOVATION

Ardagh Group
Closing the Glass Recycling Loop

Judges

Kim Houchens

Director, Customer Packaging Experience
AMAZON

Gian De Belder

Principal Scientist, Packaging R&D
PROCTER & GAMBLE

Jochen Hertlein

Packaging Performance & Sustainability Lead
NESTLÉ

Tom Szaky

CEO
TERRACYCLE

Bruno Van Gompel

Technical & Supply Chain
COCA-COLA

Professor Marianne Klimchuk

Chair, Communication Design Pathways
NEW YORK FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Chris Daly

VP Sustainability, Europe & Sub Saharan Africa
PEPSICO

Luciana Pellegrino

Executive Director
BRAZILIAN PACKAGING ASSOCIATION (ABRE)

Laurent Auguste

SVP Development Innovations & Markets
VEOLIA

Linda Roman

Associate Director, Technology Platforms – Packaging
KRAFT HEINZ FOOD COMPANY

Jocelyne Ehret

Founder
THE RIGHT PACKAGING

Arno Melchior

Global Packaging Director
RECKITT

Thomas Reiner

CEO
BERNDT+PARTNER GMBH

Susanne Folkerts

Sustainability program manager EMEA
STARBUCKS

Giacomo Canali

Packaging Research & Sustainability Manager
BARILLA

Dr Shira Rosen

Chair of the Israeli Packaging Institute / Head of Packaging Development & Innovation at Strauss Group

Graham Houlder

Project co-ordinator
CEFLEX

Jean-Marc Boursier

Senior Executive VP, Recycling & Recovery Europe
SUEZ

Ferran Marti

R&D Manager
AIMPLAS

Haulwen Nicholas

Founder
THE PACKAGING ORACLE

Jim Downham

President & CEO
PAC PACKAGING CONSORTIUM

Carmen Sánchez

Deputy Director
ITENE

Marcel Verhaaf

Creative Director
ANTHEM BENELUX

Tracy Sutton

Circular Economy Packaging Design Consultant
ROOT

Michael Nieuwesteeg

Managing Director
NVC

Sanjay Patel

Founder
PACKAGING COLLECTIVE

Kevin Vyse

Director
OPRL

Paul Vanston

CEO
INCPEN

Alix Grabowski

Lead specialist, packaging and materials
WWF

Paul Jenkins

Managing Director
THE PACK HUB

Antro Säilä

CEO
SUOMEN PAKKAUSYHDISTYS RY

Professor Annika Olsson

Head of Packaging Logistics division
LUND UNIVERSITY

Judges

Kim Houchens

Director, Customer Packaging Experience
AMAZON

Gian De Belder

Principal Scientist, Packaging R&D
PROCTER & GAMBLE

Jochen Hertlein

Packaging Performance & Sustainability Lead
NESTLÉ

Tom Szaky

CEO
TERRACYCLE

Bruno Van Gompel

Technical & Supply Chain
COCA-COLA

Nina Goodrich

Executive Director
GreenBlue.org

Clem Ugorji

Workstream Leader, Accelerating the Circular Plastics Economy, Africa
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Louis Lindenberg

Global Packaging Sustainability Director
UNILEVER

Chakravarthi AVPS

Global Ambassador
World Packaging Organisation

Chris Daly

VP Sustainability, Europe & Sub Saharan Africa
PEPSICO

Jean-Marc Boursier

Senior Executive VP, Recycling & Recovery Europe
SUEZ

Patrick Poitevin

Principal Scientist, RDQI
Mondelez

Marianne Klimchuk

Professor & Chair, Communication Design Pathways Department
Fashion Institute of Technology

Philippe Blank

Head of Innovation & Sustainability
Henkel Beauty Care

Linda Roman

Associate Director, Technology Platforms – Packaging
KRAFT HEINZ FOOD COMPANY

Jocelyne Ehret

Founder
THE RIGHT PACKAGING

Arno Melchior

Global Packaging Director
RECKITT

Thomas Reiner

CEO
BERNDT+PARTNER GMBH

Graham Houlder

Project co-ordinator
CEFLEX

Dr Shira Rosen

Chair
IsraeliPackaging Institute

Michael Nieuwesteeg

Managing Director
NVC

Frank Wang

R&D Innovation
Mengniu Dairy Group

Nerida Kelton

Executive Director
Australian Institute of Packaging

Giacomo Canali

Packaging Research & Sustainability Manager
BARILLA

Jim Downham

President & CEO
PAC PACKAGING CONSORTIUM

Carmen Sánchez

Deputy Director
ITENE

Haulwen Nicholas

Founder
THE PACKAGING ORACLE

Marcel Verhaaf

Creative Director
ANTHEM BENELUX

Ferran Marti

R&D Manager
AIMPLAS

Tracy Sutton

Circular Economy Packaging Design Consultant
ROOT

Ariana Susanti

Business Development Director
Indonesian Packaging Federation

Sanjay Patel

Founder
PACKAGING COLLECTIVE

Kevin Vyse

Head of Technical
PROAMPAC

Paul Vanston

CEO
INCPEN

Claire Sarantópoulos

Senior Scientist
Centro de Tecnologia de Embalagem

Paul Jenkins

Managing Director
THE PACK HUB

Antro Säilä

CEO
SUOMEN PAKKAUSYHDISTYS RY

David Luttenberger

Global Packaging Director
Mintel

Luciana Pellegrino

Executive Director
BRAZILIAN PACKAGING ASSOCIATION (ABRE)

Susanne Folkerts

Sustainability program manager EMEA
STARBUCKS

Ahmed Alex Omah

President
African Packaging Organisation

Aslıhan Arıkan

General Secretary
TURKISH PACKAGING MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION

Colin Yates

Packaging Sustainability Director Global Pet Nutrition
MARS

Dana Mosora

Founder
ASASE Foundation

Niels van Marle

Packaging Expert
KIDV

Valentin Fourne

Director R&D and Eco-conception
CITEO

Alexandre Guyon

Senior Vice President Solid Waste
VEOLIA

Silvia D'Alesio

Professor of Brand Strategy
NUOVA ACCADEMIA DI BELLE ARTI, MILAN

Event Partner

This year we’re co-promoting the Sustainability Awards with our partner FachPack – the leading European trade fair in 2019, located in Nürnberg at the heart of Europe’s biggest economy. Integrated, along with our Sustainable Packaging Summit, into the official FachPack program at the climax of the expo’s busiest day, the Sustainability Awards 2019 will reach a wider audience than ever before.

FachPack

Exhibition Centre
90471 Nürnberg, Germany

Date & Opening Times

24 - 26 September 2019
09:00 - 18:00 (24 and 25 September)
09:00 - 17:00 (26 September)