DuPont Recognizes Breakthroughs in Sustainable Packaging

Sustainable Packaging Presents Growth Opportunity for Company

WILMINGTON, Del., April 21, 2008 — As a leader in providing the world with sustainable solutions, DuPont today recognized businesses from around the world in announcing the winners of the 20th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation.

“Sustainable packaging is a growing and important focus area for DuPont,” said Diane Gulyas, group vice president — DuPont Performance Materials. “Sustainability matters to packaged goods companies and consumers.  DuPont is responding with offerings that reduce the environmental impact of packaging in a number of ways, including the introduction of renewably sourced materials that enable the use of recycled content and that help eliminate or reduce the amount of packaging an application may require.  This is in line with DuPont’s commitment to support reducing the environmental footprint along the value chains where we participate.”

Recent data highlights the growing need for improved sustainability in packaged goods.  In one survey, more than 60 percent of consumer goods companies said they expect to change their packaging in the next year to make it more sustainable.  A study of U.S. consumers found 7 out of 10 were willing to pay more for products made with renewable resources.  In line with these trends, DuPont focused the 20th DuPont Awards program on recognizing achievements that improve the sustainability of products and processes.  An international expert jury chose winners based on factors such as responsible sourcing, effective recovery and energy optimization. 

“As part of its commitment to sustainability, DuPont brought together a diverse group of jurors with substantial industry expertise to identify and honor significant innovations that demonstrate progress toward more sustainable packaging,” said Anne Johnson, director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Turning the focus of DuPont’s long-running Packaging Awards toward sustainability reflects DuPont’s 20-year history of leadership in supporting packaging innovation.  We are pleased to have DuPont’s support in helping shape future direction in this vitally important area.”

Winning achievements include the following:

  • Replacing traditional confectionary packaging inserts with a biodegradable component made from renewable resources.
  • A new compostable, biodegradable flexible pack that supports natural branding of the product and helps assure effective post-use recovery.
  • New fresh produce packaging that uses only renewable and biodegradable materials in support of responsible sourcing, clean production and effective recovery.
  • Redesigning a familiar food container for nearly 20 percent weight reduction, improved transport efficiency and energy conservation while retaining brand appeal.
  • Reducing food waste with a new approach for single-serve ambient food packaging. 
  • Reducing energy usage in the manufacturing process by more than 50 percent via new process technology that enables a one-step process to replace a four-part approach.
  • Providing social benefit through an energy-saving alternative approach to bottle systems that improves access to clean drinking water.

Full details are available at: http://www2.dupont.com/Packaging/en_US/news_events/20th_dupont_packaging_awards_winners.html.

The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the industry’s longest running, independently judged global awards program honoring packaging materials, processes, technology and service innovations.  The 20th DuPont Awards has a special focus on recognizing innovations that demonstrate breakthrough achievements in sustainability.  

DuPont — one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 18 years ago — 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 such as packaging. 

DuPont is a science-based products and services company.  Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere.  Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food, building and construction, communications, and transportation.

Webpage on 20th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation

Fact Sheet on Sustainable Packaging

For more information about DuPont Packaging and the Awards competition, visit:  www.packaging.dupont.com

For more information about DuPont sustainable packaging products, visit:  www.sustainablepackaging.dupont.com.

For more information about DuPont renewably sourced materials, visit: www.renewable.dupont.com.

Winners:

 

 

 

Sustainable Breakthrough

Innovation Factors

Product Name

Companies/Countries

Replacing traditional confectionary packaging inserts with a biodegradable component made from renewable resources

Clean production, effective recovery, community benefit

Marks & Spencer Swiss Chocolate Assortment

Marks & Spencer, UK; Plantic Technologies, Australia; Chocolat Frey, Switzerland; Stager, Switzerland

A new compostable, biodegradable flexible pack that supports natural branding of the product and helps assure effective post-use recovery

Effective recovery

Jordans Organic Cereals

Jordans Cereals, UK; Alcan Packaging, Ireland

New fresh produce packaging that uses only renewable and biodegradable materials in support of responsible sourcing, clean production and effective recovery

Responsible sourcing, effective recovery

EarthCycle™-Natureflex™ Organic Kiwi Package

EarthCycle™, Canada & Malaysia; Innovia Films, United States

Redesign of a familiar food container for nearly 19% weight reduction, improved transport efficiency and energy conservation while retaining brand appeal 

Source reduction, resource and energy optimization

Kraft Salad Dressings

Kraft Foods, Plastipak Packaging – United States

Reducing food waste with a new approach for single-serve ambient food packaging

Resource and energy optimization

AMPET® Single Serve Danish Seafood

Faerch Plast, Larsen Danish Seafood – Denmark

Reducing energy usage in the manufacturing process by more than 50% via new process technology that enables a one-step process to replace a four-part approach

Process innovation, enhanced performance, cost effective economics

AirLEssMotion Bag-in-Bottle System

Gaplast GmbH – Germany

Providing social benefit through an energy-saving alternative approach to bottle systems that improves access to clean drinking water

Social/community benefit

Water Bag-in-Box

Lindóya Vida, Klabin – Brazil

Notable Accomplishments:

 

 

 

The first polypropylene container made of 100% post-consumer recycled material

Responsible sourcing

UniPak Eco™

Superfos – Denmark

A new cosmetic applicator made entirely of a single material for easier recycling

Effective recovery, community benefit

PlantLove™ Lipstick

CARGO Cosmetics, Canada; NatureWorks LLC, United States

A new thermal process for packaging graphics which eliminates the use of solvents, contributing to clean manufacturing

Resource and energy optimization, clean production

DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST Thermal Process

Promopack – UK