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DuPont Recognizes Breakthroughs in Sustainable Packaging

Posted: April 22, 2008
DuPont announced the winners of the 20th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, taking particular notice of sustainability efforts.

"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."

According to Dow's press release, recent data highlights the growing need for improved sustainability in packaged goods. In one survey, more than 60% 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.

"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.

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.