The winners of the second half of the Sustainability Awards 2022, rewarding start-ups and not yet commercialized innovations have been unveiled at an awards dinner on the eve of the Innovation Horizon conference in Amsterdam on November 14th.
Winners included the food freshness indicator by ColorSensing in the Active and Intelligent section, Flexpenser’s liquid dispenser in the climate section, polycirQ’s and Siegwerk’s deinking process for printed plastic films in the Driving the Circular Economy section, the recyclable PP-based barrier sachet by Taghleef Industries and Gerosa Group in the recyclable materials category, and AB InBev & Sustainable Fiber Technologies barley packaging in the recyclable packaging category.
Let’s take a closer look at our winning entries:
ColorSensing – Active and Intelligent packaging
ColorSensing helps food packing companies and retailers cut down food waste thanks to a digital, multiparametric and cost-effective smart label to check possible package leaks, cold chain breaks, and the real freshness of the product. As a result, they ensure the quality and safety of their products while improving their profitability.
Flexpenser - Climate
Flexpenser is described as a technological breakthrough for sustainable storage and consumption of liquids and semi-liquid for households and industries. Flexpenser has a patented solution to minimize waste from liquids/semi-liquids and their packages, making it possible to minimize their environmental impact The technology can ”open a package without opening it” so that the liquid and its package last dramatically longer at a much lower cost, according to the company.
polycirQ’s and Siegwerk’s deinking process – Driving the Circular Economy
polycirQ, a Siegwerk subsidiary, has developed deinking surfactants that aid mechanical recycling by applying hot-washing to remove printing inks from LDPE and PP films to enable closed-loop recycling. The company says that it is offering a recycling service for printed films that turns scrap into recyclate suitable for high-quality packaging applications.
Taghleef and Gerosa’s recyclable PP-based barrier sachet – Recyclable Materials
This packaging solution is a PP based, high barrier four-side sealed sachet developed by Taghleef Industries and Gerosa Group which sets out to replace multi-material structures made of PET/Alu/PE or PET/metPET/PE. The most common applications include dry powder products or dressing sauces.
Barley packaging – Renewables
The barley pack, devised by AB InBev & Sustainable Fiber Technologies is created by upcycling an agricultural co-product. Surplus barley straw is used to create a high-resistance carton with the help of a new technology and leveraging a novel straw pulping method developed by Sustainable Fiber Technologies.