2019 Award Submissions

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Award! These winners were selected based on their innovation, environmental benefit and market impact.

Winners were recognized at this year’s Re|focus Recycling & Sustainability Summit during the reception on May 21, 2019. 

Name: Sarah Robinson
Company: Tarkett
Category: Design
Description: ethos® Modular Carpet Tile w/ Omnicoat Technology

Name: Nick Abbatiello
Company: Dell
Category: Material
Description: We have worked with our suppliers to create a structural material for our notebook computer housings that is 50% recycle content by weight.

Name: David Bender/ Dr. Stephen Paspek
Company: Circular Polymers and Broadview Group
Category: End of Life
Description: Our process dis-assembles post-consumer carpet into clean face fiber, clean backing fiber, and a limestone granulate. The processed carpet is ideal for chemical recycling. The fiber is can also be pelletized or densified and used in a wide variety of injection molding applications. The limestone granulate is used in road construction, and as a filler in rubber and plastic products.

Name: Sophie Tuviahu
Company: UBQ Material
Category: Materials
Description: A patented thermoplastics bio-based composite material produced through the conversion of municipal solid waste. 

Name: Brandon Birchmeier 
Company: iMFLUX
Category: Design
Description: iMFLUX has developed a differfent philosophy and method for injection molding, called the "Green Curve". This style of processing allows for the process to automatically adapt to changes in the resin. 

  • Design
    • Panu Kantosalo with Cross Wrap Ltd

      Cross Wrap Dewiring machine (bale breaking machine)

    • Brittanie Begeman with PTI

      PTI has developed Dromo™, an ultra-lightweight PET bottle designed specifically for the e-commerce distribution channel.

    • Alex Jannetty with Reebok International

      The Cotton and Corn program aims to produce footwear with "things that grow" in order to create sustainable products. (bioplastics)

    • Robert Schiavone with R&D/Leverage

      "A single-piece, 1-stage Injection Stretch Blow Molded PET bottle with internal threads (U.S. Patent # 9,902,103 and additional patents pending) and optional integral drain-back pour spout. "

    • Tiffany Magure with Riverdale Global LLC

      "We make liquid color for the plastic industry uniquely different from everyone else. This 15 billion dollar industry is ready for a sustainability upgrade. Our business model GlobalLocal™, focuses on servicing liquid color for global products to our customers, while also supporting the local communities in which they are produced. We support local communities by eliminating industrial waste with our Return for Refill™ program. This process is possible because of our proprietary, Computerized Color™ technology, which automates how we make, meter and maintain liquid color in a process."

    • Catherine Lindquist with Dynisco

      A newly developed online rheometer (Dynisco® ViscoIndicator) is designed to duplicate the test conditions of a standard melt flow rate tester and monitor the rheological properties particularly melt flow rate (MFR), intrinsic viscosity (IV), and shear viscosity of the plastics materials while processing in an extrusion line. ViscoIndicator is used to improve process sustainability and productivity

    • Paul Fenelon with Artemis Shielding LLC

      Our product is an environmentally friendly, lead-free shielding material that replaces lead-lined drywall. The thermoplastic composite shield walls are used where radiation generating machines (X-rays) or radioactive materials are encountered.

    • Eric Kowal with Letica Corporation

      The 1PC is an injection molded, 100% PMR (Post Manufacturing PP Resin) 1 gallon paint and coatings package.

    • Brandon Birchmeier with Imflux

      iMFLUX has developed a different philosophy and method for injection molding, called the “Green Curve”.  This style of processing allows for the process to automatically adapt to changes in the resin.  When dealing with sustainable materials, molders are often taxed with large viscosity or density shifts.  Managing these variants in a production environment can deal significant blows to OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness).  However, when the process is able to adapt to the material, it really opens up the realm of what is possible, making sustainable resins a viable option for any molder.

      To learn more about the Green Curve, please visit here.

    • Sarah Robinson with Tarkett

      ethos® Modular Carpet Tile w/ Omnicoat Technology

    • Junich Shimizu with Nissei Plastics Industrial

      Development of injection molding system for thin-walled, transparent and heat resistant containers, using biodegradable resin called "PLA".

  • Materials
    • Marc Goldenberg with Multipes Systems Inc.

      RenewCal is a biogenic, renewable and sustainable mineral (oolitic aragonite) continually precipitated off the Bahama Shoals in very large quantities. (bioplastics)

    • Frank Neuber with Clariant Plastics and Coating USA Inc

      Licocare® Rice Bran Wax (RBW) additives are lubricants that are 100% derived from a non-edible by-product of the rice oil production. The main target applications are biopolymers and high performance plastics such as polyamides or polyesters.

    • Emilie Meddah with Clariant Plastics and Coating USA Inc

      AddWorks® PKG 906 is a Clariant proprietary polymer stabilizer used to increase plastic waste recycling in polyolefin films manufacturing.

    • Enamul Haque with Cooley Group

      Cooley Group's Enviroflex® PE Banner is a 100% recyclable, PVC-Free, lightweight substrate. In a marketplace saturated with PVC, coated polyester fabric, Enviroflex® PE is made out of a unique HDPE fabric that is extrusion coated on both sides with LDPE. Our material is environmentally friendly (phthalate-free) and 40% lighter than the non-recyclable alternatives.

    • Bernhard Baumberger with Walter Kunststoffe GmbH

      100 % post-consumer, odour-free recycling based garbage bag system with integrated CO2 absorber and 100 % creation of value in Austria!

    • Daniel Linzmayr with Druckerei Renner GmbH

      Full change from virgin to 50 % recycled and CO2 absorbing polypropylene (PP) sheets for printing and producing plant labels by upcycling heavily printed own waste sheets again!

    • Trey Riddle & Jim Preston with Sunstrand LLC/ RheTech

      Sunstrand supplied hemp fiber to RheTech, which used the fiber to completely replace glass fiber and partially replace some polypropylene as well.

    • Zach Myers with Okabashi Brands, Inc

      Our footwear is a PVC compound (polyvinyl chloride) with 33% of it being bio-based content derived from soy. It can be recycled Post-Industrial and Post-Consumer into regrind and re-molded into new shoes. Our recycling program rewards customers who send us their worn Okabashi's with a 15% discount on a future purchase. Our material is 100% phthalate-free and California Prop-65 compliant.

    • Paul Fenelon with Artemis Shielding LLC

      Our product is an environmentally friendly, lead free shielding material. This shielding material is used to protect individuals working with radiation generating machines (X-rays) or radioactive materials using a thermoplastic composite.

    • Nick Abbatiello with Dell

      We have worked with our suppliers to create a structural material for our notebook computer housings that is 50% recycle content by weight.

    • Steve Renegar with Pyrolyx USA

      Recovered carbon black (rCB) is considered a substitute for carbon black in both rubber products and plastic black color concentrates. The rCB material is derived from post consumer rubber goods (feedstock) via a “batch” type pyrolysis process. This semi-reinforcing filler consists primarily of carbon black but also contains inorganic compounding ingredients (typically 10-20-wt%) originating from the feedstock but is free of wire and fabric.

    • Sophie Tuviahu with UBQ Materials

      UBQ Material is a patented thermoplastics bio based composite material produced through the conversion of municipal solid waste. The UBQ propriety conversion process converts the mixed waste stream (including food waste, garden trimmings, paper, cardboard and mixed polymers) into UBQ material.

    • Chad Rabe with Dell

      "600d*600d Solution-dyed PET with rPVB coating 1260d*1680d Solution-dyed PET with rPVB coating For use throughout Dell's collection of business carrying cases (backpacks & briefcases)."

    • Molly Ritchie with Star Plastics Inc

      ReStart is a sustainable prime-alternative, recycled-content product line using a combination of post-industrial and post-consumer materials, and features ABS, PC, and PC Alloys.

    • Ranganath Shastri with Industrias Sustenables Nava

      The product, "Ecological Mineral Paper", in the form of sheet, is based on recycled PET and natural mineral, as a truly sustainable alternative to cellulosic paper and carton in selected packaging and industrial applications, offering unique characteristics of: waterproof, anti-fungus/microbial, resistance to tear, perfect for printing on its surface with any printing technology (laser, offset or digital).

    • Andrew Maxey with Vartega

      100% recycled content carbon fiber reinforced recycled nylon 6 extruded sheet for use in automotive thermoforming applications, specifically a differential cover that has been vacuum thermoformed.

    • Amy Waterman with Berry Global

      Our Verdant product line of jars, tubes, bottles, and closures is made from up to 100% post-consumer recycled (PRC) material.

  • End of Life
    • David Brenner with Pure Cycle Technologies

      PureCycle Technologies uses post-consumer and post-industrial waste polypropylene.

    • Derek Skogen with PLACON

      Placon's EcoStar material that is made from post-consumer PET bottles and thermoforms.

    • Jon Pyper with Dow Chemical

      The Hefty® EnergyBag® (HEB) program is a proven innovation that collects hard-to-recycle plastics, such as juice pouches, chip bags, pet food bags, candy wrappers, foam containers, straws and plastic utensils (see attached list) at residential curbside and commercial sources.

    • Jocelyn Doucet with Pyrowave Inc

      Pyrowave developed a modular depolymerization system using microwaves to recover monomers from plastic waste.

    • David Bender with Circular Polymers and Broadview Group

      Our process dis-assembles post consumer carpet into clean face fiber, clean backing fiber, and a limestone granulate. The processed carpet is ideal for chemical recycling. The fiber is can also be pelletized or densified and used in a wide variety of injection molding applications. The limestone granulate is used in road construction, and as a filler in rubber and plastic products.

    • Martina Bottarel with SIPA Spa

      SIPA & Erema presents Xtreme Renew which makes possible for the first time to produce food contact compliant 100% rPET preforms directly from postconsumer PET flakes in one process step – without the detour via pellet production.

    • Fiona McPadden with Riverdale Global LLC

      A bacteria called Ideonella Sakaiensis has the power to decompose plastics. TimePlast, the company, has developed a powerful solvent, produced by the bacteria, made up of two enzymes, to create a synthetic version. This version can be heated up without denaturalization at the initial phase of the plastic manufacturing process (as an additive), thus leaving the plastic product as a “nano-degraded” plastic. In other words, this technology can radically accelerate the natural process by which plastics degrade.

    • Cory Gagnon with ACS Corporate

      T50 Series Central Granulators.

    • Simon van der Heijden with Heathland

      Mechanical recycling causes downcycling.

    • Tom Rippinger with DSM Engineering Plastics

      Akulon RePurposed is our new grade of nylon/polyamide 6 produced from used fishing nets.

    • Steve Renegar with Pyrolyx USA

      Recovered carbon black (rCB) is considered a substitute for carbon black in both rubber products and plastic black color concentrates. The rCB material is derived from post consumer rubber goods (feedstock) via a “batch” type pyrolysis process. This semi-reinforcing filler consists primarily of carbon black but also contains inorganic compounding ingredients (typically 10-20-wt%) originating from the feedstock but is free of wire and fabric.

    • Bruna Rego with Krown Corp

      KrownCORP's process transforms end of life materials, such as plastic waste and scrap tires into value-added products, including high-quality masterbatches, lubricants and biofuels.

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