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Social Ecosystem Tops 2020 Plastic Packaging Innovations

Diamond Gold Social Plastic Final

Dow revealed the winners of the 2020 Packaging Innovation Awards recognizing breakthrough packaging achievements in design, technology, sustainability and user experience on November 11.

The competition’s highest honor, the Diamond Award, went to Henkel AG & Co KGaA’s Social Plastic Ecosystem in collaboration with Plastic Bank. To create a new line of sustainable cosmetic packaging, Henkel became the first global consumer goods company to partner with Plastic Bank when it conducted a pilot program that utilized recycled materials. Plastic Bank aims to stop plastic waste from entering the ocean 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.

The collaboration is backed by Henkel’s Beauty Care and Laundry & Home care businesses. In establishing an additional collection ecosystem in Egypt and adding more than 400 dedicated collection centers, Plastic Bank expects to reach an additional collection capacity of up to 5,000 tons annually, which corresponds as many as one billion bottles over the five-year period.

“I am especially inspired by this year’s Packaging Innovation Awards winners because of the industry’s continued focus on innovation and sustainability, despite the difficult global conditions caused by the pandemic,” said Diego Donoso, business president for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. “The entry and judging processes were fully virtual this year for the first time, and it still produced strong competition with rigorous judging to recognize the top innovations.”

Judges evaluated more than 175 entries from companies around the globe. Entries ranged from personal care and health and hygiene, to food and beverage and industrial innovations. In addition to the Diamond Award, the judges also selected three Diamond Finalists, six Gold Award Winners, five Silver Award Winners, two Honorable Mentions for Emerging Applications and one Honorable 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 forMintel Group. “Despite the challenging circumstances, the participants delivered the same quality of innovations as in previous years.”