2020 Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards
Celebrating innovations driving environmental advantages in product design, sustainable materials and end-of-life recovery

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and the SPE Sustainability Division are proud to announce the launch of the Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards, which were awarded at the 2019 the Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit in Grand Rapids, MI. The awards are designed to recognize the companies that are pushing the boundaries of innovation—driving environmental advantages in product design, sustainable materials and end-of-life recovery. 

Awards were given in three categories: 

  • Design
  • Materials
  • End of Life 


  • Design for Recycling
  • Design for Anti-Litter
  • Innovation in Equipment Allowing for New Product Design 


  • Innovation in or Use of Bioplastics
  • Innovation in or Use of Recycled Content
  • Additives for Upcycling

End of Life

  • Innovation in Recycling
  • Innovation in Recycling or Composting Equipment 

Winners in each category were selected in January and announced in February. Winners were strongly encouraged to attend the 2019 Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit to receive their awards in-person.

In addition to the three defined award categories, two additional awards were announced during the ceremony at Re|focus.

The Leadership Innovation Award: The winner of this award were determined by the judging panel. 

The People's Choice Award: The winner of this award was determined by Re|focus attendees. All proposals were shared with attendees, and registered attendees were asked to cast their vote for their favorite innovation proposal. 



The winners of each category awards were determined by a panel of six judges, made up of members of PLASTICS and the SPE Sustainability Division. Each submission was graded on the following criteria: 

  • Innovation: How novel is the idea being proposed?
  • Environmental Impact: What is the environmental benefit? If this can be quantified (CO2 savings, water reduction, energy reduction, etc.), this should be included in the submission.  
  • Market Impact: How scalable is this innovation? What is the potential market impact if it were to reach commercialization? 

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