The Packaging Europe Sustainability Awards 2024 finalists

Packaging South Asia editor Naresh Khanna among 58 judges

Ardagh Glass Packaging

As its first round of judging comes to a close, the international, expert jury of the world’s most prestigious sustainable packaging competition has unveiled the finalists of the Sustainability Awards 2024.

This year, the ‘Nobel Prize’ for sustainable packaging innovations spans eleven categories. Start-ups, global brands, academic organizations, and OEMs from all over the world have submitted their innovations and initiatives to the jury.

Fifty finalists have been chosen for the final round – encompassing design-for-recycling and replacements for conventional plastic packaging; recycling technologies and reuse systems; research projects, coalitions, and facilities; machinery, smart packaging, and artificial intelligence solutions, to name a few.

Each brings something valuable to the table and sets a high bar for the quality of this year’s cohort. Nevertheless, only one winner in each category will receive a sought-after crystal trophy at the end of the Sustainable Packaging Summit in Amsterdam, taking place on 12th – 13th November 2024.

Packaging Europe organizes the Sustainability Awards to shine a light on the ideas and developments that will make a tangible difference to sustainability in the packaging space.   The competition is free to enter and open to manufacturers, start-ups, global brands, academic institutions, and more. 

A diverse, international jury of experts picked a candidate from each of the categories, with no involvement from the organizers. Packaging South Asia editor Naresh Khanna was among the list of 58 judges that hand-picked the finalists.

Here are the finalists of the Sustainability Awards 2024.

Main competition (for commercialized innovations and broader initiatives):

Climate category

*NextGen Furnace (Ardagh Glass Packaging)

*CO2-reduced tinplate (thyssenkrupp Rasselstein GmbH)

*Replacing plastic inner bag with barrier paper (UPM Specialty Papers, Lantmännen Unibake Finland, Adara Pakkaus)

*B0 ESTAMPE eco-designed wine bottle (O-I EUROPE)

Heinz EasySauce Dispenser (Kraft Heinz)

Driving the Circular Economy category

*EnEWA research project – recycling paper, board, and paper composites from lightweight packaging waste (ANTS (RWTH Aachen), IPEM (University Siegen), LEIPA Group, PROPAKMA, STADLER Anlagenbau, TOMRA Recycling)

*Capsa 2in1 reusable cardboard box (Capsa Packaging)

*Heinz EasySauce Dispenser (Kraft Heinz)

*Circular rPET film made of 80% trays from household waste stream (Henkel AG & Co. KGaA)

*ReCover Louth deinking facility (Coveris)

Reelables 5G Smart Label

Renewable Materials category

Paptic wood fibre-based material (Paptic Ltd)

Reelables 5G Smart Label (Reelables)

MFL decorated wet fibre moulded tub for plant-based spreads (Upfield B.V.)

Vivomer Home Compostable Tubby (Shellworks)

Recyclable Packaging category

AeroFlexx liquid packaging solution (AeroFlexx)

Omnilock Ultra PAPER (Huhtamaki)

KandyKote HR wrapper – Halls (SealGlobal.Co)

Flexible paper packaging for automatic dishwashing tablets (Henkel AG & Co. KGaA)

GreenLabel BlockOut recyclable, light-blocking shrink sleeve (Brook + Whittle)

E-Commerce category

Ranpak FillPak Trident Mini void fill solution (Ranpak)

Eco-Paper Cushioning Bag (BOTTA EcoPackaging Srl)

DS Smith Tape Back for peeling tape (DS Smith)

Paper-padded envelope for e-commerce deliveries (Amazon, Mondi)

Machinery category

RecycleOS AI solution (EverestLabs)

Cajo MakeBright marking technology (Cajo Technologies)

Amazon Automated Packaging Machines (Amazon)

NextGen (Chocal Packaging Solutions GmbH)

FlexForm Trayformer Series (WestRock, Company)

Best Practice category

Red rHDPE – Colour-to-Colour Recycling for Rorax Pipe Unblocker Power Granulat bottles (ALPLA Group, Werner & Mertz GmbH)

Refill Coalition (Aldi)

RecycleMich (RecycleMe GmbH, Reclay Systems GmbH, SynoptiCons GmbH)

GemCorp Recycling (Gemini Corporation NV)

Prevented Ocean Plastic infrastructure builds (Bantam Materials UK Ltd)

PulpaTronics RFID tags

Climate (Pre-Commercialized) category

AB InBev Supercan aluminium beverage can (AB InBev nv)

PulpaTronics RFID tags (PulpaTronics)

Interpac Ltd cold corrugator (Interpac Ltd)

The fourth finalist in this category is being temporarily withheld in line with an IP-related request by the entrant.

Compact Recycling Machines (Lasso Loop Recycling)

Driving the Circular Economy (Pre-Commercialized) category

Lasso Loop Recycling – Compact Recycling Machines (Lasso Loop Recycling)

Moree – Reusable Smart Packaging System (Moree)

Jarbot Reusable Packaging System (Orora Packaging Solutions)

Neptune Nanotechnologies additive made from fishing waste (Neptune Nanotechnologies)

Husky’s PET closure designed for circularity (Husky Technologies)

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Renewable Materials (Pre-Commercialized) category

Organic battery (BeFC) based on Avery Dennison materials (Avery Dennison, Bioenzymatic Fuel Cells (BeFC))

Wheat straw packaging (COPAR Smart Packaging)

IntegoBag filmless bag (Mondi Group)

PHA-enhanced BO films for home compostable packaging (Taghleef Industries and Corapack)

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Recyclable Packaging (Pre-Commercialized) category

Ecotwist Minimal Multipack Packaging (John West Foods)

SprayPET Revolution polymer aerosol (Plastipak)

CrispSeal water-based crisp packaging (SealGlobal.Co)

Papira by Stora Enso (Stora Enso Biomaterials Innovation)

Cirkla’s pulp-based packaging with peel-off lamination (Cirkla Inc)

(First published on Packaging Europe. Republished with permission) 


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