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Survey: convenience named biggest packaging breakthrough of the last 25 years

Results of survey of breakthrough packaging technologies from the last 25 years name reclosable and microwavable packaging as the innovations that have had the greatest impact.

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Reclosable packaging and microwavable plastic trays were named the top packaging breakthroughs that most impacted peoples’ lives over the last 25 years, in an online survey hosted by DuPont in conjunction with its 25th Annual Awards for Packaging Innovation competition. Together, the two categories of invention captured 48% of the votes. The online survey was available to industry professionals from April 9 through May 10, 2013.

Reclosable packaging, which includes food-storage zipper locks and stand-up pouches, earned 28% of the votes. Microwavable meals, enabled by “ovenable” packaging materials, captured 21% of the votes.  Recycled content in consumer, industrial, and community programs that support social goals earned 18% of the votes.

DuPont created the voting project after reviewing hundreds of past winners and identifying six breakthrough groups that impacted our lives. 

DuPont announced the breakthroughs that most transformed our lives during the company’s celebration of the winners of the 25th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation in Wilmington, DE. Nearly 300 people voted on the breakthrough choices.

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