With sustainability in packaging gaining popularity these days, it's no wonder "green" awards in design and manufacturing have also become news. From internationally recognized packaging awards like the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation to newer, more niche projects like the "Green Packy Awards", companies that integrate more sustainable solutions into their packaging are being recognized for their efforts.
1. Chicago Paper Tube & Can Co. earned top honors in Green Packaging at the 10th Annual International Package Design Awards and received a a Notable Accomplishment for the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The EcoPak, used for cosmetics and beauty products, uses less paper material significantly minimizing the resources and time needed to manufacture, transport and recover the package.
2. Coca-Cola's PlantBottle received a gold award at the 22nd annual, global DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. Made of up to 30 percent plant-based material, the PlantBottle is the first of its kind – beverage packaging made from renewable sources that is 100 percent recyclable, like traditional PET plastic.
3. Frito Lay was recognized for the first fully compostable snack bag. To achieve compostability of the three-part packaging structure while providing maximum product protection, Frito-Lay switched to poly lactic acid (PLA) for the outer bag, along with a compostable adhesive and inner barrier coating. The result is a bag that uses renewable materials and allows for new disposal options such as composting, which diverts packaging from the landfill.
4. KFC's award winning new 'reusable' sides container is made from polypropylene and is specifically designed to be consumer reusable (microwaveable and dishwasher safe) and later recycled. The change from the polystyrene previously used to polypropylene has reduced the shipping cube by 14%
5. Earthbound Farm won Silver in the Energy and Sustainability category of the 2010 Edison Best New Product Awards for its new 100 percent post consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PCR PET) plastic clamshell packaging. They use significantly less energy and water to produce than virgin plastic and generates far fewer greenhouse gas emissions and solid waste.