The 21st DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation
History and Goals:
- The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the packaging industry’s longest running, independently judged, global innovation awards program.
- The first awards program was in 1986. The competition has recognized environmental achievements since 1989.
- This year’s competition honors materials, processing, technology and service achievements that demonstrate progress toward sustainability while also meeting important market requirements for enhanced performance such as improved freshness, convenience and shelf appeal.
- Entrants do not need to use DuPont materials in their products, processes or programs.
- Jurors evaluated seven innovation factors: clean production; effective recovery; community/social benefit; enhanced performance; cost effective economics; responsible sourcing; and resource and energy optimization.
|1989||Commercial bottles and egg cartons made from 100% recycled PET|
|1990||Plastic bag recycling programs|
|1991||Brick-packs for source reduction and consumer convenience|
|1992||Foamed food trays using ½ the amount of plastic as rigid trays|
|1992||First food packaging with post-consumer recycled PET|
|1993||Source reduction through introduction of concentrated/refill product|
|1995||Package redesign to eliminate components, reducing materials use by more than 50%|
|1997||100% recyclable PET container for juice drinks|
|2004||Compostable packaging made from renewable materials (PLA)|
|2008||Redesigning packaging to cut weight and improve transport efficiency|
|1986||First plastic can for retorted foods; first all-plastic microwavable, reheatable food packaging, first pre-packaged, fully-cooked meat available in the supermarket|
|1989||First breathable packaging for fresh produce|
|1991||First oven-safe bake-in-the-bag for turkeys|
|1995||100% natural fruit juices in single-portion flexible pouches|
|2001||Easy-open vacuum-sealed pouch for tuna replacing metal cans|
|2002||Enhanced freshness for refrigerated prepared pasta; soup on-the-go in sippable cups|
|2003||Tear-open, zipper-packed shredded cheeses|
|2004||Ready-to-drink, reclosable nutritional supplements|
|2006||Reclosable, resealable cookie packs|
- The call for entries was announced on September 2008, at the Sustainable Packaging Forum in Denver Colorado.
- Over 120 entries were received from the Americas, Europe and Asia
- John A. Bernardo, Manager, Sustainable Innovations LLC
- Tony Burns, Associate Director, Sustainability – Global Packaging and Device Development, The Procter and Gamble Company
- Julian Carroll, Managing Director, European Organization for Packaging and the Environment
- Ron Cotterman, Executive Director of Sustainability, Sealed Air Corporation
- Sara Hartwell, Environmental Specialist, U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste
Masanobu Ishikawa, Ph.D., Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University
- Anne Johnson, Director – Sustainable Packaging Coalition
- Kim Lymn, Packaging Manager, Target Corporation
- Mike Richmond, President and CEO, PTIS LLC
The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the industry’s longest running, independently judged global awards program honoring packaging materials, processes, technology and service innovations. The 21st DuPont Awards has a special focus on recognizing innovations that demonstrate breakthrough achievements in sustainability.
DuPont - one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 18 years ago - has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.
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DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food, building and construction, communications, and transportation.