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) will be accepting nominations for the 2020 Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards from October 7, 2019—January 17, 2020. The 2019 awards were given at the Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit on May 20, 2019, with 39 submissions from 11 different countries around the world. The awards are designed to recognize the companies that are pushing the companies of innovation—driving environmental advantages in product design, sustainable materials, and end-of-life recovery.  

Awards will be 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 will be selected in January and announced in February. Winners are strongly encouraged to attend the 2020 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: Finalists for the Sustainability Innovation Awards qualify to be a part of the People's Choice Award contest. All proposals will be shared with registered attendees on the Summit's event app and the nominee with the most votes will win a special trophy during the ceremony. 



The winners of each category awards will be determined by a panel of six judges, made up of members of PLASTICS. 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? 

The submission period for the 2020 Re|focus Sustainability & Innovation Awards is now closed. 

View 2020 Submissions

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