Coca Cola, Heinz, Nestle and Stonyfield Farm were among winners of the 23rd DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, the industry's longest-running, independently judged global award program for packaging materials, technology and service innovation. More than 200 entries from around the world were judged on new developments, cost/waste reduction and improved sustainability.
Mostly all of the winning innovations reduce waste through either responsible sourcing, thoughtful package design, and end use.
Gold Winners Innovation and Sustainability or Innovation and Cost/Waste Reduction for a list, go to http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/06/14/pg-coke-intel-heinz-gsk-among-sustainable-packaging-award-winners/
H.J. Heinz Co. (USA) received a silver award for its new Heinz Dip & Squeeze Ketchup package that was developed in response to consumer demand for a package that can be used for either dipping or squeezing and made eating-on-the-go easier. The Heinz Dip & Squeeze Ketchup package provides three times more ketchup than standard 9-gram sachets and uses less packaging. Shaped like the iconic glass Heinz® Ketchup bottle, Dip & Squeeze strongly reinforces the Heinz ketchup brand.
Stonyfield Farm (USA) received a silver award for its breakthrough use of PLA (polylactic acid) in a high-volume dairy application. The new form/fill/seal multipack yogurt cups are made of 93% PLA, a switch from polystyrene (HIPS), believed to be the first for the market. The PLA is made by Natureworks and results in 48 percent lower GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions vs. HIPS. Using 93% plant-based material further drives their reputation as a leader in sustainability.
The Coca-Cola Co. (Japan) received a silver award for its I Lohas mineral water PET bottle - its weight was reduced by 40%, it crushes to a very small size when empty and this smaller size reduces transport cost to the recycler and improves transportation efficiency. This PET bottle is extremely light and has the environmental benefit of using up to 30% plant-based material, reducing the petroleum-based materials.
Positive Packaging Industries Ltd. (India) received a silver award for its new approach to condiment containers for Nestle’s Maggi Arome seasoning liquid. The new thermoformed, single-use mini bottles made of flexible laminate, offers consumers in this market, convenience, ease of use and affordability. Its small size also offers easier handling and shipment.