'Game-changing' Green Innovations Win Greener Package Awards

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The first-ever Greener Package Awards prove that sustainable packaging has hit the mainstream, with innovations that promise to change the face of packaging forever.

Summit Publishing Company is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Greener Package Awards for packaging sustainability. Greener Package (http://www.greenerpackage.com), the online sustainable-packaging knowledge exchange from the publishers of Packaging World, reviewed 51 entries in its debut competition.

The 10 winners of the 2009 Greener Package Awards--including eight winners in the Greener Package category, one in the Clean Manufacturing category, and one in Retail Leadership--represent the best practices in sustainable packaging from a range of industries, including food, pharmaceutical, personal care, and household care. Winners were announced prior to this month's PACK EXPO Las Vegas packaging exposition, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 5 - 7, where the winning packages were on display for exposition visitors. (Details about all the winners can be found in this month's issue of Packaging World or online at http://www.packworld.com/view-28141.)

Recipient of both a Greener Package Award and Innovator of the Year was the Greenbox thermal management system from Entropy Solutions. Pharmaceuticals, biologics, and blood supplies, as well as food products requiring carefully controlled temperature during distribution are potential applications for Greenbox, which Entropy Solutions touts as the first temperature-controlled shipper to be "powered" by a 100% bio-based, nontoxic, and biodegradable phase-change material called PureTemp. Because Greenbox can be shipped by ground and is reusable, it helps customers save on shipping and distribution costs, as well.

Other Greener Package 2009 award winners included the Aveda Vintage Clove Shampoo bottle, made from 96% post-consumer recycled high-density polyethylene and employing a 100% PCR polypropylene closure that represents the first fruit of The Estée Lauder Companies' effort at establishing a nationwide cap collection program; Robbie Manufacturing's new Hot N Handy® Bio-Pouch, a wood pulp-based film wrap that reduces the amount of packaging materials required and eliminates waste through compostability; flexible package converter Bryce Corp.'s participation in Frito-Lay's one third-compostable snack bag for SunChips; and ConAgra Foods' recycled PET (rPET) tray for its brands of frozen entrees and meals.

Also receiving awards were Ampac Flexible Packaging's ShakerPAK™ pouch - a flexible, stand-up pouch that improves product display and customer convenience and replaces a heavier-weight, rigid high-density polyethylene plastic packaging option; amber PCR PET drug ovals with a child-resistant Clic-Loc closure from Rexam PLC; and Unisource Worldwide, Inc.'s 100%-recyclable corrugated box packaging for a range of toys that are themselves made from 100% recycled milk containers. Additionally, J.L. Clark of Rockford, IL, earned the Clean Manufacturing Award for its efforts on multiple environmental fronts, and U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer won Retailer of the Year for the company's accomplishments in reducing packaging and increasing recycling, among other sustainable initiatives.

About Summit Publishing Company
Chicago-based Summit Publishing Company is a privately held B2B publisher offering business information for packaging professionals, including print magazines Packaging World, PACK EXPO Showcase, Healthcare Packaging, Shelf Impact!, and Contract Packaging, and Websites including GreenerPackage.com and GlobalPackageGallery.com. In addition to packaging e-newsletters, Summit Publishing Company also produces Webcasts and a variety of conferences for packaging professionals.

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