The Plastics Trade Affiliation (PLASTICS) has introduced the winners of their 2022 Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards. Introduced yearly, the awards acknowledge firms which are driving environmental advances in product design, sustainable supplies and end-of-life restoration of plastics. The panel of judges for the 2022 awards included Kyla Fisher of Three Peaks Consulting, Ron Vance of the U.S. Environmental Safety Administration, and Lilli Sherman of Plastics Expertise Journal.
“We’re grateful to our panel of skilled judges for lending us their time and expertise,” mentioned Tony Radoszewski, President and CEO of PLASTICS. “That is one in every of my favourite PLASTICS packages, as a result of it provides firms a possibility to show that our business is strolling the stroll with regards to sustainability and defending the surroundings.”
The award for Sustainability Innovation in Design goes to Klöckner Pentplast, for kpNext™ R1, the primary pharmaceutical blister movie designed to be recycled within the RIC 1 recycling stream. The place pharmaceutical blister movies are usually produced from supplies that aren’t readily recyclable, kpNext™ R1 is produced from a particular PET formulation that permits it to be absolutely recycled in the identical curbside recycling stream as plastic water bottles.
Within the Sustainability in Supplies class, the 2022 winner is Starlinger visotec for rPET100, a heat-resistant and absolutely recyclable sheet materials for thermoformed packaging that may be produced from 100% recycled content material after which recycled once more whereas sustaining top quality in power and look. Containing solely natural-based mineral fillers, there aren’t any stabilizers or polymer components to forestall recycling within the present meals packaging loop.
The 2022 Sustainability in Finish-of-Life Award winner is JP Industrial for its proprietary AERO Screening Expertise that converts waste PVC right into a high-grade PVC powder that can be utilized in quite a lot of high quality purposes. The method additionally captures and reuses materials historically misplaced within the scrap recycling course of. This materials has been utilized in quite a lot of purposes and merchandise, notably within the constructing sector.
The fourth class within the Sustainability Innovation Awards is the Folks’s Selection Award which, for 2022, is claimed by Novoloop, Inc. They impressed the general public with Oistre™, the primary thermoplastic urethane (TPU) made utilizing superior chemical recycling. Containing as much as 50% content material from upcycled post-consumer plastic waste, Oistre™ has as much as 46% decrease CO2 emissions than typical TPUs and, in contrast to mechanically recycled TPUs, matches the efficiency traits of typical TPUs.
Along with the main-category awards, PLASTICS additionally introduced an award for general Management in Sustainability Innovation. Ford Motor Firm takes that title with three distinctive ideas—one involving closed-loop recycling, one that includes elements produced from 100% recycled ocean plastic, and one other displaying some great benefits of utilizing nanocellulose to lighten the load of automobiles whereas lowering dependence on fossil fuels within the manufacturing course of.
“Innovation and sustainability have turn out to be inextricably linked within the plastics business,” mentioned Patrick Krieger, Vice President for Sustainability at PLASTICS, “We’re seeing so many firms utilizing plastics to enhance the sustainability of so many different industries like meals and the automotive industries.” The affiliation will probably be celebrating the award winners at its Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit, Might 23-26 at Duke Power Conference Heart in Cincinnati, Ohio.