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SPC Innovator Awards

Submissions are open for the 2020 awards!

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition recognizes meaningful contributions and advancements towards more sustainable packaging through the annual SPC Innovator Awards. The awards celebrate and showcase the outstanding people and organizations behind extraordinary advancements in packaging sustainability.

All winners will be given an award plaque suitable for prominent display. The SPC will coordinate publicizing the finalists and the award winners. Announcements of the award winners and their respective projects or programs will be promoted by the SPC through the SPC website and written communications such as newsletters and social media.

Submissions will be open until August 14, 2020. The 2020 SPC Innovator Awards will be presented virtually at  Virtual SPC Advance 2020, September 29 – 30, 2020.

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Award Categories

Innovation in Responsible Sourcing

Recognizing breakthroughs in the procurement and use of more sustainable materials, including new materials, improvements to conventional materials, improvements to sourcing practices, and novel uses of materials in challenging applications.

Innovation in Design Optimization

Recognizing breakthroughs in efficiency, including reductions in material usage, process improvements enabled by changes in packaging design, and improvements to volumetric/cube utilization and transportation efficiency, provided that functionality and performance are preserved or enhanced while life cycle impacts are lowered.

Innovation in Recovery

Recognizing breakthroughs in the quantity and/or quality of recovered packaging, including design improvements that enable greater compatibility with existing recovery infrastructure, enhancements to recovery programs and/or infrastructure, and partnerships to advance recovery practices and/or participation.

  • 2019 SPC Innovator Award Winners
    Annie's Homegrown Innovation in Responsible Sourcing Read more
    Blue Apron -Improvements to Meal Kit Packaging Systems Innovation in Design Optimization Read more
    WestRock Advancements in Foodservice Packaging Recycling Innovation in Recovery Read more
    Revolution Plastics - Delta Plastics + Command Packaging + Encore Recycling Outstanding Person or Team Read more


    Envision Plastics & Crown Poly: Oceanbound Plastic Reusable Bag Innovation in Responsible Sourcing finalist
    Seventh Generation: Flip Top Closure Made with 100% Postconsumer Recycled Polypropylene Innovation in Responsible Sourcing finalist
    UPM Raflatac: VanishTM Clear Film Labels with 90% Recycled Content Face and Liners Innovation in Responsible Sourcing finalist
    Envision Plastics: Food Grade Postconsumer Recycled Gaylord Liners Innovation in Responsible Sourcing finalist
    Annie’s Homegrown: 35% Postconsumer Recycled Cereal Liner & Education Graphic Innovation in Responsible Sourcing finalist
    Plastilene Group: Micro-Foaming Technology in Flexible Co-Extrusion Blown Films Innovation in Design Optimization finalist
    Sealed Air: StealthWrap Innovation in Design Optimization finalist
    Blue Apron: Improvements to Meal Kit Packaging Systems Innovation in Design Optimization finalist
    Seydel Companies: Biowax Alternatives to Paraffin Wax Innovation in Recovery finalist
    WestRock: Advancements in Foodservice Packaging Recycling Innovation in Recovery finalist
    Sustana: Cup-to-Cup Recycling Demonstration Project Innovation in Recovery finalist
    Colgate Palmolive: Recyclability Upgrades for Palmolive Oxy Innovation in Recovery finalist
    TC Transcontinental: Stand Up Pouch with EVOH Compatibilizer Innovation in Recovery finalist

  • 2018 SPC Innovator Award Winners
    Coca-Cola's 89-oz Simply Juice Container Packaging Innovation
    Envision and ViTA Breakthrough Process
    PepsiCo, Natureworks, Danimer Scientific, Omya, Berry Plastics and Johnson-Bryce commercialize bio-based barrier films Outcome of a Partnership
    Ashley C. Hall, Sustainability Manager, Walmart Outstanding Person
    Victor Bell, President, EPI Outstanding Person

    Sustainable packaging innovators earn kudos

    Sometimes it’s hard enough to make any substantial gains in sustainable packaging goals. But it takes extra effort and zeal to really excel. When that happens, the entire industry—and perhaps even the world—advances.

    On April 25, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition applauded innovation and leadership in sustainable packaging with the presentation of its 2018 SPC Innovator Awards. Excellence in sustainability and packaging was recognized in four categories: Packaging Innovation; Breakthrough Process; Outcome of a Partnership; and Outstanding Person.

    Read the Full Profile of the 2017 SPC Innovator Award Winners
  • 2017 SPC Innovator Award Winners
    Chad Kreye, Target Outstanding Person
    Avery Dennison, CleanFlake™ Solution Packaging Innovation
    Hefty® Energy Bag - Dow, Reynolds Consumer Products, Recyclebank, First Star Recycling, Conagra Brands, Systech Environmental Corporation Outcome of a Partnership
    Keurig Green Mountain MRF Flow Study Methodology Breakthrough Process

    The sustainable packaging community celebrates achievements

    Adam Gendell, Associate Director of the SPC:

    “The submissions we received were a clear indicator of the impressive breadth and depth of our members’ activities in packaging sustainability. Our awardees are taking chances and deserve celebration for their enterprising and creative ideas. All of these winners went beyond the easy wins, and showed true commitment to creating meaningful change.”


    Read the Full Profile of the 2017 SPC Innovator Award Winners

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