DuPont Awards Recognize Packaging Innovation

WILMINGTON, DE | Responsible sourcing, effective recovery, and energy optimization were key criteria in the selection of seven successfully commercialized products and processes as winners of the 20th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation.

DuPont Chairman and CEO Charles O. Holliday, Jr. personally presented winners with their recognition and congratulated them for their innovative spirit and commitment to sustainability.

Innovation in seven factors contributing to improved sustainability was the challenge given to participants. The international expert jury focused on these factors as their key consideration in selecting the winning achievements, which include the following:

Replacing traditional confectionary packaging inserts with a biodegradable component made from renewable resources.

A new compostable, biodegradable flexible pack that supports natural branding of the product and helps assure effective post-use recovery.

New fresh produce packaging that uses only renewable and biodegradable materials in support of responsible sourcing, clean production and effective recovery.

Redesigning a familiar food container for nearly 20 percent weight reduction, improved transport efficiency and energy conservation while retaining brand appeal.

Reducing food waste with a new approach for single-serve ambient food packaging.

Reducing energy usage in the manufacturing process by more than 50 percent via new process technology that enables a one-step process to replace a four-part approach.

Providing social benefit through an energy-saving alternative approach to bottle systems that improves access to clean drinking water.

The jury panel also selected three products and processes as notable accomplishments contributing to the industry’s understanding of sustainable packaging.

The notables include:

The first polypropylene container made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled material.

A new cosmetic applicator made entirely of a single material for easier recycling.

A new thermal process for packaging graphics that eliminates the use of solvents, contributing to clean manufacturing.

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