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'Game-changing' green innovations win Greener Package Awards

The first-ever Greener Package Awards prove that sustainable packaging has hit the mainstream, with innovations that promise to change the face of packaging forever.
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Launching the first annual Greener Package Awards during a recession may have been a risky proposition for organizer Greener Package (www.greenerpackage.com), the online sustainable-packaging knowledge exchange from the publisher of Packaging World. But the 51 entrants to this debut competition proved that where sustainable packaging is concerned, economics are no barrier to innovation. In fact, sustainability’s reach into major, mainstream brands over the past year and a half signals its use as a driver toward greater economic sustainability in the future.

The 10 winners of the 2009 Greener Package Awards—including eight winners in the Greener Package category, one in the Clean Manufacturing category, and one in Retail Leadership—represent the best practices in sustainable packaging from a range of industries, including food, pharmaceutical, personal care, and household care.

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The winners are:

Greener Package Award

Entropy Solutions -- Greenbox thermal management*
Estee Lauder
--Aveda Vintage Clove Shampoo & cap collection program
Bryce Corporation
-- Sunchips bag from 33% PLA
Robbie Mfg.--Hot N Handy Bio-Pouch
ConAgra
-- rPET in CPET trays for Healthy Choice
Ampac -- Patch Perfect
Rexam PLC--rPET in APET drug ovals
Unisource Worldwide
--recycled toys with 100% recyclable packaging

* Winner of Innovator of the Year

Retail Leadership Award
Marks & Spencer  

Clean Manufacturing Award
J.L. Clark

Expert Network conducts judging

Critical to the credibility of the awards program, the Greener Package Expert Network—comprising packaging experts from across the value chain—designed the competition with categories and criteria specifically and uniquely suited to packaging sustainability. Members of the network also judged the 51 entrants in the first annual competition. Among this year’s judges were the following:

Lisa Baer*, President, Baer Design Group
Dean Bellefleur, President, D-idea
John Bernardo*, President, Sustainable Innovations
Timothy Bohrer, Owner, Pac Advantage Consulting
Scott Carpenter, New Products Division - New Ventures Team, SC Johnson
Ron Cotterman*, Executive Director, Sustainability, Sealed Air
John Delfausse*, Vice President, Package Development, Estée Lauder
Jack DiMartino, Packaging Engineer, Stonyfield Farms
Scott Dyvig, Engineering Manager, Protective Packaging, Sears
Eric Hartman, Director of Technology and Development, Product Ventures
Michael Larocca*, Packaging Development Manager, GlaxoSmithKline
Sharon Reiter Lindberg, Senior Design Manager, Unilever
Pamela Long, Director/Client Services, Little Big Brands
Steve Mojo, Executive Director, Biodegradable Products Institute
Thomas Oris, Procurement Manager, Morton Salt
David Padula, Material Procurement Manager, Paramount Home Entertainment
Adam Pawlick**, Corporate Engineering Manager, Palermo’s Pizza
Frank Perkowski, Founder/President, Business Development Advisory
Brad Rodgers, Manager - Sustainable Pkg. & Advanced Materials Research, Frito-Lay
Barry Sanel, President, Barry Sanel Packaging Advisors
Paul Earl-Tornianen, Packaging Engineer, General Mills

* Member of the Greener Package Awards Executive Committee
** Chairperson of the Greener Package Awards Executive Committee •

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