The 2020 Packaging Innovation Awards’ highest honour - the Diamond Award - has been won this year by Henkel AG & Co KGaA’s Social Plastic Ecosystem, in collaboration with Plastic Bank.
This pilot programme, established by Henkel to create a new line of sustainable cosmetic packaging, utilised recycled materials from Plastic Bank, a social enterprise which aims to stop ocean-bound plastic waste and provide economic opportunities for people in extreme poverty. Since its launch in 2018, Henkel has produced and sold 15 million bottles made from recycled plastic across Western Europe.
These innovation awards sponsored by Dow Inc. recognise packaging breakthroughs across the entire packaging value chain in categories ranging from food and beverage to personal care with a strong focus on sustainability and the circular economy. Due to the pandemic, the 32nd edition of the awards followed a different, virus-proof procedure.
“The entry and judging processes were fully virtual this year for the first time, and it still produced strong competition with rigorous judging to recognise the top innovations,” said Diego Donoso, business president for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics.
The judging panel, made up of professionals from around the world in a wide range of fields, evaluated more than 175 entries from companies around the globe. In addition to the Diamond Award, the judges also selected three Diamond Finalists, six Gold Award Winners, five Silver Award Winners, two Honourable Mentions for Emerging Applications and one Honourable Mention for Advancements in Industrial Distribution systems.
“I’ve been a judge in the Packaging Innovation Awards for many years, and this one presented a unique challenge in the way it was structured,” said lead judge David Luttenberger, global packaging director for Mintel Group, Ltd.
“Despite the challenging circumstances, the participants delivered the same quality of innovations as in previous years.”
The full list of winners includes:
Henkel AG & Co KGaA in collaboration with Plastic Bank, Social Plastic Ecosystem.
Zacros in collaboration with The Procter & Gamble Company of Japan Limited, ARIEL PLATINUM SPORTS Refill Pouch;
Alico, Metal-Free Recyclable Coffee Packaging; and
Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd. in collaboration with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, New Thin Film Deposition Technology for PET Bottles Using Hot-Wire CVD Device.
Gold Award Winners
CJ CHEILJEDANG, Kimchi Easy Carry Pouch;
Packaging Industries Limited in collaboration with Policy and Market Options and SNV Netherlands Development Organization, Mama Silage Bag;
ProAmpac in collaboration with L’Oréal, Maybelline FitMe® Matte + Poreless Foundation;
Danone in collaboration with Goplas, Mexico Yoghurt Cup;
Parnaplast in collaboration with Interpack Packaging Solutions, Oxi-free High Barrier Green Grain Coffee Packaging; and
Reckitt Benckiser Brazil in collaboration with Guala Dispensing, Narita Design, Logoplaste Brasil, Alpla and Flexoprint Labels, Veja Specialists Redesign.
Silver Award Winners
Natura in collaboration with Silgan, IFF, Wheaton, Grupo Pochet do Brasil, Inobi and Kawagraf, Ekos Alma – new Natura fragrance;
Flexinnova kft in collaboration with Foltrade kft, GripTop antislip bag;
Sunrise Packaging Material (Jiangyin) Co., Ltd in collaboration with Guangdong Wuqiong Food Co., Ltd, High barrier, retort and easy-peel packaging for Chinese style spiced corned egg;
Amcor, Matrix – paper-based recyclable cheese wrap; and
UPM Raflatac in collaboration with UPM Biofuels and Vellamo – Ice Age Water Ltd, UPM Raflatac Forest FilmTM.
Emerging Category Honourable Mention
Calyx Containers, Calyx Concentrate Container; and
Grove Bags, Grove Bags Terploc® Film.
Advancement in Industrial Distribution Systems Honourable Mention
Mauser Packaging Solutions in collaboration with Strauch GmbH, DrumGuard – Sustainable Load Securing System for Drums on Pallets.