2019 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 will be awarded at the Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit on May 20 - 22, 2019. 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. 

AWARD CATEGORIES
Awards will be given in three categories: 

  • Design
  • Materials
  • End of Life 

Some examples include (but not limited to): 

Design

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

Materials

  • 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 will be selected in January and announced in February. Winners are 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 will be announced during the ceremony at Re|focus.

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

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

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

The winners of each category awards will be determined by a panel of six judges, made up of members of PLASTICS and the SPE Sustainability Division. Each submission will be 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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Submission Process, Important Dates and Official Rules

2018 Event Photos