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Ahead of the Sustainability Awards 2019 ceremony at FachPack on 25th September, here are the 25 finalists competing for the top sustainability prizes in packaging.

This year’s edition of the world’s most prestigious sustainable packaging innovation competition attracted a record-smashing 193 submissions. “It’s exciting to see such geographical and technological breadth in the 2019 entries,” commented Tim Sykes (head of content at Packaging Europe, which organises the Sustainability Awards). “We’ve had engagement from six continents and across the whole of the packaging value chain, but more importantly, the quality of submissions feeds optimism that the industry is taking huge strides to meet the environmental challenges. The competition features both high-profile developments and innovations I hadn’t previously come across, and the competition is fiercer than ever before. Really strong entries achieving grades that could have won a trophy in the past have failed to make this year’s final.”

So, without further ado here are the highest rated of this year’s entries, which will now compete for the coveted trophies at the Sustainability Awards ceremony at FachPack on 25th September:

‘Bio-based’ category

  • Barrier solutions based on Cellulose NanoCrystals (by Melodea Ltd, Israel)
  • tara-cool TC20 tempered transport box based on bio-degradable material and tracking (by Taracell AG, Switzerland)
  • FlowPap® Evo, plastic-free, biodegradable & heat-sealable paper packaging (by Pyroll Group Oy, Finland)
  • Globe Soap - packaging for soaps, shower gels and shampoos featuring a thin foil tube made of compostable cellulose, hung by a sisal band, and with a wooden ball made of spruce serving with its self-acting gravity as a closure (by popular packaging, Germany)

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‘Driving the circular economy’ category

  • LuxCR™ process, which depolymerises mechanically recovered PET back into the monomer unit bis(2-hydroxyethylterephthalate) or BHET (by DuPont Teijin Films, Luxembourg)
  • Delamination and deinking of plastic surfaces (Cadel Deinking, Spain)
  • Detecta - black plastic packaging with no carbon black pigment and first on the market to be identified by the sorting systems (Quinn Packaging, Ireland)
  • Recycle Pro - disrupting the Nigerian recycling industry through their efficient digital sensitisation and value creation from waste (Recycle Pro Innovation, Nigeria)
  • HolyGrail project investigating how tagging of packaging can have a drastic impact on more accurate sorting and high-quality recycling (HolyGrail full-value chain Pioneer Project from New Plastics Economy, Belgium)

NB we have five ‘circular economy’ finalists rather than the usual four due to two submissions in fourth place attaining exactly the same total score

‘Resource efficiency’ category

  • Biodegradable and marine degradable fibre composite, (Plafco Fibertech, Finland)
  • Mixpac Ecopacc collapsible cartridge for adhesive applications (Sulzer Mixpac AG, Switzerland)
  • Manufacture of PET Drums using the CYPET Process (CYPET Technologies, Cyprus)
  • Tide Eco-Box designed to reduce packaging and plastic, shipping/transportation emissions, and losses due to damage in the e-Commerce supply chain (Procter & Gamble, USA)

‘Machinery’ category

  • EcoStitch all-electric hot melt gluing solution (Valco Melton, USA)
  • Nowa Packaging - forming fibres in dry conditions into 3D packaging without an intermediate wet process such as wet moulding or traditional paper board production (The Loop Factory AB, Sweden)
  • Combined technology to run fully recyclable packaging material without speed limitations (SN Maschinenbau GmbH, Germany)
  • DigiColor / IoD new inking system with a design that uses fewer grams of ink in the print unit (BOBST Srl, Italy)

‘Best practice’ category

  • Loop: the new circular shopping platform with reusable packaging (TerraCycle, USA)
  • Comprehensive sustainability strategy (Ardagh Group, UK)
  • CEFLEX - driving towards the circular economy for flexible packaging (CEFLEX, Netherlands)
  • Social Plastic Ecosystem – partnership with the Plastic Bank social enterprise, aiming to stop ocean plastic and simultaneously provide opportunities for people in poverty (Henkel Beauty Care, Germany)

‘Recyclable packaging’ category

  • Wave Bag - a paper envelope that guarantees full items’ protection, total paper recyclability and logistics savings (OFFMAR Srl, Italy)
  • Finish 0% Eco Pouch - fully recyclable all-PE packaging (Reckitt Benckiser, Netherlands)
  • All-PP mono-material pouch solution for dry foods (Jindal Films / Unilever / Mondi collaboration, Luxembourg)
  • X-CYCLE PE recyclable barrier and metal-free packaging (A.Hatzopoulos SA, Greece)

The winners in each category and overall 2019 Sustainability Awards winner will be announced at FachPack, Nuremberg, Germany on 25th September. Join us from 16:30 at FachPack’s PackBox Forum for sustainability discussion, networking, drinks and the big reveal.

Over the coming weeks look out for more details about each of the 25 finalists, and perspectives on sustainable packaging from our Sustainability Awards 2019 judges and sponsors. Sign up for our Sustainability Awards newsletter so you never miss out on commentary from the world’s sustainability thought leaders, updates on the competition and news of our 2020 initiative.