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25 September 2019
16:00 - 18:30 PackBox Forum
"The most serious, rigorous and prestigious international competition for sustainability in packaging."

#SustainabilityAwards2019

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.

Submissions for 2019 are now closed!
SIX CATEGORIES + ONE OVERALL WINNER
Independently judged
WPO WORLD STAR ACCREDITED
25 SEPTEMBER AT FACHPACK
"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)

25 SEPTEMBER | FACHPACK PACKBOX FORUM | 16:00 - 18:30

'Unpacking sustainability: Different approaches to the circular economy'

Packaging Europe presents the Sustainable Packaging Summit, exploring contrasting approaches to a Circular Economy in packaging and how to choose the appropriate path. Our star speakers include TerraCycle’s Tom Szaky, the mastermind behind the widely publicised Loop reusable packaging concept, and Dana Mosora –one of the organisers of the CEFLEX project to build universal recycling of flexible packaging across Europe. We will also hear from two global brand owners (P&G’s Gian De Belder and PepsiCo’s Chris Daly) who are taking part in both Loop and CEFLEX, in addition to many other circular initiatives. The four speakers will come together for an illuminating panel discussion following their presentations.

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

This Years Finalists

Bio-based Packaging

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

Driving the Circular Economy

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)

Machinery

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

Best Practice

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

Resource Efficiency

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

Recyclable Packaging

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)

HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THE 2019 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 1 April and 20 May. Full instructions and rules can be found in the Essential Information section below.

Join us at FachPack

This year we’re partnering and co-promoting the Sustainability Awards with FachPack – the leading European trade fair in Europe in 2019, located in Nürnberg, Germany. Come along to the FachPack’s PackBox Forum on the afternoon of 25 September for debate, drinks and discovery the judges’ verdicts.

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.

Last years awards

Last Years 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

CATEGORIES

The competition’s categories spotlight each of the key areas of innovation where the environmental footprint of packaging and packaged goods can be reduced, from resource efficiency to recycling, biomaterials to greener packaging machinery, and driving best practice at the brand owner and retailer level. Moreover, across all categories the judges are instructed to favour holistic solutions over those whose gains in one area may be offset by negative side-effects in others.

BIO-BASED PACKAGING

Innovations in packaging that do more with less. For instance, downgauging materials or reducing their carbon footprint without increasing the environmental impact of the packaged product.

BEST PRACTICE

Retailers or brand owners that have achieved the most in minimising the environmental impact of packaging and its supply chain.

DRIVING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Breakthroughs and innovations in recycling technology or reusable packaging systems; initiatives promoting increase in recycling rates or nurturing demand for recyclate.

RESOURCE EFFICIENCY

Innovations in packaging that do more with less. For instance, downgauging materials or reducing their carbon footprint without increasing the environmental impact of the packaged product.

MACHINERY

Innovations in engineering that have increased production line environmental efficiencies (in energy or water consumption or waste reduction) or facilitated adoption of sustainable packaging materials.

RECYCLABLE PACKAGING

Innovations in materials / packaging design for recyclability; groundbreaking use of recycled feedstocks.

BEST SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING INNOVATION

The overall winner. Chosen from the shortlisted entries in the categories below, this must be an entry which makes a very important contribution to sustainability, preferably scoring highly according to more than one criterion.

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 BENCKISER

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

ESSENTIAL SUBMISSIONS INFORMATION

Submissions to the Sustainability Awards 2019 can be made between 1 April and 20 May via our dedicated competition portal. You’ll need to create an account, which enables you to return and edit your submission anytime until the closing date. There is no charge to enter the Sustainability Awards. Please carefully read the efore submitting.

Is there a fee for entering the Sustainability Awards?

No! Participation in the competition is free of charge.

How should we submit an entry?

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 May!

What is the qualifying period for entries?

The innovations or achievements entered into the competition must have been launched or announced no earlier than 1 April 2018.

Can we submit multiple entries?

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.

Can we submit the same product / project in more than one category?

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.

When is the closing date for entries?

The closing date for entries will be midnight (CET) at the end of 20 May 2019.

How are the entries judged?

A selection of industry experts representing the whole value chain will vote independently on the submissions, resulting in the winners for each category. The overall winner ‘Best Sustainable Packaging Innovation’ will be the entry representing a particular innovation that accrues the highest overall score across all categories. 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.

What are the judges looking for in a submission?

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.

Can a collaboration be submitted to the Sustainability Awards?

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.

What happens if my submission is chosen as a finalist?

The jury will complete the first round of judging by the end of June. If your submission is selected as one of the 24 finalists (the top four in each of the six competition categories), judges may request additional information / clarifications from you at this stage, if they believe this may be important in selecting the eventual winners. In any case, the 24 finalists will be celebrated at the Sustainability Awards 2019 ceremony at FachPack on 25 September.

Can I get feedback on my entry?

Because of the sheer number of entries it is not feasibleto provide feedback on all entries. However, we will invite judges to share their comments about the 24 finalists.

When are the winners announced?

The winners will be revealedat the Sustainability Awards 2019 ceremony on the afternoon of Wednesday 25 September at the PackBox Forum at FachPack, in Nürnberg, Germany. Everyone is welcome to join us for sustainability discussion, drinks, networking and the big announcements!

If I win one of the Sustainability Awards can I enter the WorldStar awards?

Yes. The Sustainability Awards have been recognised by the World Packaging Organization and therefore all winners are eligible to enter the WorldStars.

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)