Entry Deadline for 2009 DuPont Awards Fast Approaching

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Achieving improved sustainability in packaging is a journey and many in the industry contribute to progress in that journey

DuPont Packaging has announced that the deadline for entries in the 21st DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is Feb. 13, 2009. Selection of winners in the industry's longest running, independently judged competition will focus on innovations that enable more sustainable packaging solutions. Entry forms are available on-line at http://www.packaging.dupont.com .

A prestigious international Jury panel will evaluate entries based on innovation in factors such as enhanced performance, responsible sourcing, clean production and effective recovery. According to Juror Julian Carroll of EUROPEN, a key consideration will be the degree of which entries demonstrate innovation across multiple factors. Please click on the embedded video to hear comments from Carroll and other Jurors about how entries are evaluated.

"Achieving improved sustainability in packaging is a journey and many in the industry contribute to progress in that journey," said Shanna Moore, DuPont global business director - Sustainable Packaging. "DuPont sponsors this awards program to further that progress by generating visibility for achievements not just in the packaged product but in processes and other enabling technologies that others can learn and apply in their operation.

The awards program is a component of DuPont's overall sustainability commitment. Click here to hear from Linda Fisher , DuPont vice president and chief sustainability officer, talk about that commitment.

The full panel of jurors includes John Bernardo, manager, Sustainable Innovations LLC; Tony Burns, associate director, Sustainability - Global Packaging and Device Development -- Procter & Gamble; Julian Carroll, managing director -- EUROPEN; Ron Cotterman, executive director of sustainability -- Sealed Air Corp; Sara Hartwell, environmental specialist -- U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste; Masanobu Ishikawa, Ph.D. -- Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University; Kim Lymn, packaging manager -- Target Corporation and Mike Richmond, president and CEO -- PTIS LLC. Anne Johnson, director -- Sustainable Packaging Coalition will facilitate the judging.

DuPont - one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 19 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.

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.

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