Announcing the finalists of the Sustainability Awards 2018! The 17 independent judges for the leading competition for innovation in sustainable packaging have graded all the submissions over the summer – and this week Packaging Europe is revealing the top four entries in each category. The six category winners and overall Sustainability Awards 2018 winner will be unveiled at Scanpack on 23 October.

Here (in alphabetical order) are the four finalists in the ‘Resource Efficiency’ category:

Finalist A:

Disappearing cement sack - submitted by BillerudKorsnäs

Overview

D-Sack consists of two layers of white BillerudKorsnäs QuickFill® paper. This paper combines the traditional properties of high strength and high porosity with a patented barrier treatment that allows the sack to resist water vapour, but disintegrates when subjected to mechanical action, aggregate and water in the cement mixer.

  • The sack disintegrates into minute fibres that are bound into the concrete or mortar.
  • Independent studies show that the presence of paper fibres in the concrete mix has no negative effect on concrete properties.
  • Apart from the innovative ability to disintegrate under the right circumstances, the D-Sack is a high performing sack with a top deaeration construction for quick and easy filling.

Impact

D-Sack has 30% lower climate impact than conventional cement sacks. A life cycle assessment conducted by the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, confirmed that D-Sack is a CO₂ sink in a hundred-year perspective because the carbon dioxide bound during tree growth and then incorporated into the paper, remains in the concrete structure.

Finalist B:

EcoFishBox - submitted by Stora Enso 

Overview

EcoFishBox corrugated board packages made from renewable wood fibre are an environmentally friendly option for styrox (EPS, expanded polystyrene) packages widely used in the fish industry.

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Impact

Flexfresh is the first ever film for packaging fresh produce that is bio-degradable by composting and complies with all international regulations for overall migration (EC 1935/2004), reach compliance (EC 1907/2006) and qualifies for biodegradation under DIN EN 13432 (2000-12). The packaging can be industrially composted within 180 days.

Besides extending the shelf life of flowers, the use of millions of gallons of water in the supply chain (transit) is also eliminated because the flowers packed using this technology do not require any water in the supply chain.

Elimination of water from the supply chain also increases the product volume-to-weight ratio. This means that one truckload/shipload can accommodate more flowers thereby reducing the number of trips required for transportation of the same quantity of flowers. This further helps in reducing the carbon footprint besides bringing down the logistics costs and associated handling. This is a zero-waste packaging arrangement and qualifies to be a green solution.

Given the shelf life extension without water, exporters globally can send their consignments by sea-freight rather than expensive air-freight.

Want to be the first to know the winners of the Sustainability Awards 2018? You’re welcome to join us at the Awards ceremony and the Sustainable Packaging Summit at Scanpack in Gothenburg on 23 October 2018. Contact Packaging Europe by email or Twitter for details.