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Feb. 13 is the final deadline to enter DuPont Packaging's 21st Packaging Innovation awards. Selection of the winners of the industry's longest-running, independently judged competition will focus on innovations that enable more sustainable packaging solutions.
A distinguished international jury panel will evaluate entries based on innovation in factors such as enhanced performance, responsible sourcing, clean production and effective recovery. According to juror Julian Carroll of EUROPEN, a key consideration will be the degree to which entries demonstrate innovation across multiple factors.
"Achieving improved sustainability in packaging is a journey, and many in the industry contribute to progress in that journey," said Shanna Moore, DuPont global business director/sustainable packaging. "DuPont sponsors this awards program to further that progress by generating visibility for achievements not just in the packaged product, but [also] in processes and other enabling technologies that others can learn and apply in their operation."
The awards program is a component of DuPont's overall sustainability commitment.
The full panel of jurors includes John Bernardo, manager, Sustainable Innovations, LLC; Tony Burns, associate director, sustainability/global packaging and device development, Procter & Gamble; Carroll; Ron Cotterman, executive director of sustainability, Sealed Air Corp.; Sara Hartwell, environmental specialist, U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste; Masanobu Ishikawa, graduate school of economics, Kobe University; Kim Lymn, packaging manager, Target Corp.; and Mike Richmond, president and CEO, PTIS, LLC. Anne Johnson, director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, will facilitate the judging.
As one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 19 years ago, Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont 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.
Entry forms are available on-line at packaging.dupont.com http://www2.dupont.com/Packaging/en_US/awards/index.html.