- Leadership in Sustainability Innovation Award: Amcor Rigid Packaging
This award, which honours a company with the best overall score across the three categories, went to Amcor Rigid Packaging. Amcor submitted three entries, each of which underscores the company’s ongoing commitment to develop and deliver novel and more sustainable packaging solutions for its customers, while ‘advancing the circular economy for plastics’, said Dr. Terry Patcheak, vice president R&D, Sustainability and Program Management at Amcor Rigid Packaging. These innovations were:
Quantum Premium lightweight finish technology, a two-step lightweighting technology that eliminates unnecessary material – more than 50% - of the weight in the finish of a PET bottle. The technology reduces manufacturing costs and GHG emissions, resulting in energy savings and lower carbon emissions compared to bottles with a traditional finish.
PowerPost lightweighting technology: the most advanced lightweighting technology for hot-fill beverages. This technology delivers a fully recyclable bottle that is up to 30% lighter and can be made with up to 100% recycled material. The technology enables a 30% energy reduction and 30% carbon savings over most 20 oz - 600 ml - bottles available today.
PepsiCo 2.5 L PET returnable, reusable, and refillable bottle is a 100% recyclable and refillable 2.5 L polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle created in partnership with GEEP, PepsiCo’s exclusive bottler in Mexico. These bottles are made from a tailor-made PET designed to allow hot filling and carbonated soft drink (CSD) packaging, and to be washed and refilled multiple times. Amcor’s life cycle assessment from cradle (raw material) to gate (production) of the PET returnable bottle against a common glass bottle demonstrates that non-renewable energy consumption is reduced by 57% and water consumption is reduced by 49%, ultimately leading to an overall carbon footprint reduction of 78%.
In a statement reflecting both respect and praise for the winners, PLASTICS’ vice president of Sustainability, Patrick Krieger, said that the ‘plastics industry is innovating every day to find new ways to keep plastic in the circular economy and out of the environment. “I congratulate our winners and am proud to be part of an industry that is committed to sustainability and advancing the circular economy.”
This year’s Re|focus event will take place from 1-3 May in Minneapolis, MN. The awards will be presented during a ceremony on 2 May.
The Plastics Industry Association is the only organisation that supports the entire plastics supply chain. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members, and the sixth largest U.S. manufacturing industry, more globally competitive while supporting circularity through educational initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, convening opportunities and policy advocacy, including the largest plastics trade show in the Americas, NPE2024: The Plastics Show.