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 winners of the Sustainability Awards 2020 will be announced at an awards dinner during the paradigm-shifting Sustainable Packaging Summit. Hosted in the European Green Capital 2020, the summit is a platform for leaders in sustainability and packaging to move forward together through practical discussion on the key dilemmas and opportunities, rather than self-congratulation.
Barrier solutions based on Cellulose NanoCrystals
by Melodea Ltd, Israel
tara-cool TC20 tempered transport box based onbio-degradable material and tracking
by Taracell AG, Switzerland
FlowPap® Evo, plastic-free, biodegradable and heat-sealablepaper packaging
by Pyroll Group Oy, Finland
Globe Soap - a thin foil tube made of compostable cellulose,a sisal band, and a wooden (spruce) ball
by popular packaging, Germany
LuxCR™ process, which depolymerises mechanically recoveredPET back into the monomer unit bis(2-hydroxyethylterephthalate) or BHET
byDuPont Teijin Films, Luxembourg
Delamination and deinking of plastic surfaces
by CadelDeinking, Spain
Detecta - black plastic packaging with no carbon blackpigment
by Quinn Packaging, Ireland
Recycle Pro - disrupting the Nigerian recycling industry
by Recycle Pro Innovation, Nigeria
HolyGrail full-value chain Pioneer Project investigating howtagging packaging can impact more accurate sorting and high-quality recycling
by New Plastics Economy, Belgium)
EcoStitch all-electric hot melt gluing solution
by Valco Melton, USA
Nowa Packaging - forming fibres in dry conditions into 3D packaging
by The Loop Factory AB, Sweden
Combined technology to run fully recyclable packaging material without speed limitations
by SN Maschinenbau GmbH, Germany
DigiColor / IoD n inking system that uses fewer grams of inkin the print unit
by Bobst Firenze Srl, Italy
Loop: the new circular shopping platform with reusable packaging
by TerraCycle, USA
Comprehensive sustainability strategy
by Ardagh Group, UK
CEFLEX - driving towards the circular economy for flexible packaging
by CEFLEX, Netherlands
Social Plastic Ecosystem – partnership with Plastic Bank social enterprise, aiming to stop ocean plastic and provide opportunities for people in poverty
by Henkel Beauty Care, Germany
Biodegradable and marine degradable fibre composite
by Plafco Fibertech, Finland
Mixpac Ecopacc collapsible cartridge for adhesive applications
by Sulzer Mixpac AG, Switzerland
Manufacture of PET Drums using the CYPET Process
by CYPETTechnologies, Cyprus
Tide Eco-Box designed to reduce packaging and plastic, emissions, and losses
by Procter & Gamble, USA
Wave Bag - protection, paper recyclability and logistics savings from a paper envelope
by OFFMAR Srl, Italy
Finish 0% Eco Pouch - fully recyclable all-PE packaging
by Reckitt Benckiser, Netherlands
All-PP mono-material pouch solution for dry foods
by Jindal Films / Unilever / Mondi collaboration, Luxembourg
X-CYCLE PE recyclable barrier and metal-free packaging
by A.Hatzopoulos SA, Greece)
The Sustainability Awards is organized by Packaging Europe and judged by an independent, international panel of experts. For additional information and to submit to the Sustainability Awards, please visit thesustainabilityawards.com.
1. The core principle for each category in the competition is to reward the project or innovation that, in the judges’ view, has the greatest significance in terms of its positive impact on sustainability. This can be understood either in its immediate performance metrics or in the potential transformative impact.
2. Judges are also instructed to consider the holistic sustainability implications, even when the category emphasizes a particular attribute. For example, if the criterion is ‘resource efficiency’, the winning entry should not simply be the one with the biggest weight reduction, but also offer a viable solution that does not result in reduced performance according to other environmental criteria.
3. The Sustainability Awards promotes rigorous assessment of substantive impacts. Therefore, submissions should be supported wherever possible and appropriate by empirical data, preferably with details of testing methodology.
4. Entries to the Sustainability Awards 2020 may be submitted to the following competition categories:
5. Please note, there is an additional ‘Readers’ Award’ category, which is separate from the main Sustainability Awards. Nominations are made, and subsequently voted on, by Packaging Europe readers. For this category submissions are not accepted from the organizations responsible for the innovations and the expert judging panel has no role in selecting the winners.
6. The innovations or achievements entered into the competition must have been launched or announced no earlier than 1 January 2019.
7. Supporting information for submissions should be provided in English.
8. Please refer to the descriptions of the individual categories for information about eligibility to enter a particular category.
9. For all categories (except ‘Pre-Commercialized Innovation’) submissions that are products or technologies must be already commercially launched. If a product is not yet in commercial use, it should be submitted to the category ‘Pre-Commercialized Innovation’.
10. Packaging Europe reserves the right to change the category to which a valid submission has been entered if it deems this appropriate. Packaging Europe is not obliged to inform participants in the Sustainability Awards if it amends the category of their entry.
11. The competition is open to entries from organizations and initiatives from the following organizations:
12. The competition is open to the following types of entries:
13. Collaborative projects can be submitted as a joint entry, e.g. packaging developed jointly by a brand owner and packaging specialist. Collaborators are encouraged to work together on their submissions and share the credit.
14. There is a maximum of three entries per submitting organization. Large organizations with multiple business units are encouraged to coordinate internally to decide which innovations or initiatives to nominate. Packaging Europe reserves the right to withdraw submissions from the competition if this limitation has been exceeded. Where autonomous organizations within the same group or holding company can reasonably be considered to be effectively separate organizations, the ‘three entries’ rule may be waived. Packaging Europe reserves the right to make final judgements on such questions.
15. Participants cannot submit the same product or initiative in more than one category. Otherwise, Packaging Europe reserves the right to withdraw the submission from one or all categories.
16. If a product or innovation has been submitted to the Sustainability Awards in the past, it cannot be submitted a second time unless it has undergone sufficient advancement to be considered effectively a new entity.
17. Judges are to base their decisions on their objective assessment of the merits of entries and are instructed that no preference should be given to past or present Packaging Europe contributors, advertisers or sponsors.
18. Judges should recuse themselves from judging any submission where there is a conflict of interest, in particular if they represent or have a commercial relationship with the organization that made the submission.
19. Individual judges’ grading and comments during deliberation will remain confidential.
20. Judges access and grade the submissions through the same online portal to which entries are submitted. Judging will take place across two rounds. In the first round, sub-groups of the jury will each assess a random selection of submissions in order to select those with sufficient merit to be considered as finalists. In the second round, the entire judging panel will assess all finalists across all competition categories.
21. Judges may instruct Packaging Europe to request additional information or clarifications from the finalists following the first round of voting. On receipt, such information will be shared with judges.
22. Winners are selected based on the aggregated grades of judges. Therefore, the results cannot be attributed to the opinions of any individual judge.
23. The overall winner ‘Best Sustainable Packaging Innovation’ will be the entry representing a particular innovation or innovation project that accrues the highest overall score among the finalists in the second round of voting. In the event that the highest scoring entry is a broad sustainability strategy entered into the ‘Best Practice’ category or if it is a pre-commercialized product, this will not be considered for the ‘Best Sustainable Packaging Innovation’ prize.
Submissions open: 20 January 2020
Submissions close: 6 April 2020 at 23:59 CET
Finalists announced: 7 June 2020
Winners announced: 15 October 2020 (live at the Sustainable Packaging Summit, Lisbon)
No! Participation in the competition is free of charge.
Once you have created a user account in the competition platform, simply fill in the submission form. This consists of several fields. but the key criteria on which entries are judged are 1) a statement outlining the entry and what is innovative about it, and 2) the impact it has had or is projected to have. There is a limit of 600 words for each of these sections. You can also link to an external web page with additional information or a video about your submission. Please also upload an image of the innovation or initiative so it can be included in articles about the competition. You can save your entry and finish it later. Don’t forget to complete all sections of the form by 20th April!
The innovations or achievements entered into the competition must have been launched or announced no earlier than 1 January 2019.
There is a maximum of three entries per submitting organisation. Large organisations with multiple business units are encouraged to coordinate internally to decide which innovations or initiatives to nominate.
Products that are not yet in commercial use are accepted in the category ‘Pre-Commercialized Innovation’. For all other categories, any product submitted should already be commercially launched.
TheReaders’ Award is separate from the main part of the Sustainability Awards, in that nominations are made from the readers of Packaging Europe rather than the companies responsible for them. Therefore, you cannot submit your own work for this category through the main competition. The winners are also chosen byPackaging Europe readers rather than the independent judging panel.
No, you can only submit a particular product or initiative in one category. Otherwise, Packaging Europe reserves the right to withdraw the submission from one or all categories. Please read the category descriptions carefully before deciding which is the most appropriate one.
The closing date for entries will be midnight (CET) at the end of 20 April 2020.
A selection of industry experts representing the whole value chain will vote independently on the submissions. There are two rounds of voting. The first round will determine four finalists in each category. The second round will select the winners for each category, and also an overall winner ‘BestSustainable Packaging Innovation’. In the event that the highest scoring entry is not an innovation per se, e.g. if it is a broad sustainability strategy entered into the ‘Best Practice’ category, this will not be considered for the‘Best Sustainable Packaging Innovation’ prize.
Please read the specific criteria for each category. In general, the core principle of the awards is to reward the project or product that, in the judges’ view, has the greatest significance in terms of its positive impact on sustainability. This can be understood either in its immediate performance metrics or in the potential transformative impact –i.e. there isn’t necessarily a stronger weighting to commercialised products over early-stage R&D breakthroughs. Judges are also instructed to consider the holistic implications for sustainability, even when the category emphasises a particular aspect. For example, if the criterion is ‘resource efficiency’, the winning entry should not simply be the one with the biggest weight reduction, but also offer a viable solution that does not result in reduced performance according to other environmental criteria. The more factual information you can provide –including any relevant supporting data –the more likely the judges are to accept your claims. You are encouragedto provide links to additional information, videos, etc.
Yes! Although a single user must submit the entry, you can list all involved stakeholders. We welcome collaborative entries such as packaging innovations developed jointly between a brands and packaging companies, and multi-stakeholder projects.
Finalists will be selected in the first round of judging and announced by the middle of June 2020. If your submission is selected as a finalist (i.e. one of the top four entries in one of the competition categories), judges may request additional information /clarifications from you. All 28 finalists across the seven categories will be celebrated at the Sustainability Awards 2020 ceremony and dinner at theSustainable Packaging Summit in Lisbon on 15-16 October.
The judges sometimes leave comments about entries. On request we can share any remarks they may have made, on an anonymous basis. Please be patient with us –this is a manual process and we have hundreds of submissions!
The winners will be revealed at a special dinner and awards ceremony at the Sustainable Packaging Summit in Lisbon on 15-16 October.
Yes. The Sustainability Awards have been recognised by the World Packaging Organization and therefore all winners are eligible to enter the WorldStars.
Sponsoring the Sustainability Awards 2020 is the ultimate statement of your commitment to, and thought leadership in, sustainability. We believe the deeper value in sponsorship comes from more than just brand alignment and logo visibility, but truly engaging with the value chain in the search for better sustainable solutions and strategies. That’s why we’re giving our 2020 sponsors a platform to lead the debate, both during the Sustainable Packaging Summit in Lisbon on 15-16 October and in our related content throughout 2020, in print and digital articles, podcasts and videos.
Sponsorship puts the spotlight on you as a driver of innovation, collaboration and forward thinking.
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