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Thu March 7, 2019

PLASTICS’ First-Ever Sustainability Innovation Awards Recognize Innovation in Managing Plastics at End-of-Life

WASHINGTON, D.C.—March 7, 2019—The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) today announced the winners of the first-ever Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards. The three categories recognized the best in materials, design and end-of-life innovations, all of which were assessed by a judging panel of experts in recycling and sustainability from members of PLASTICS and the SPE Sustainability Division. The winners include:

Materials
Dell for its Latitude 5000 Notebook which contains a structural material for a notebook computer housing that is 50-percent recycled content by weight and still meets the toughest durability requirements.

Design
Tarkett for the ethos® Modular Carpet Tile with Omnicoat Technology which was created using recycled material from disposed windshields and safety glass

End-Of-Life
Circular Polymers/Broadview Group for the Rotary Impact Separator which disassembles post-consumer carpet into clean face fiber, clean backing fiber and a limestone granulate.

PLASTICS received 39 submissions, spanning from 11 industry sectors and nine countries around the world.

“The winners of the 2019 Sustainability Innovation Awards provide inspiration to our industry by bringing sustainability to the forefront of their business,” said PLASTICS’ Vice President of Sustainability Kim Holmes. “The submissions received were creative and these particular innovations display real promise in commercial applications that show how we can scale these new technologies.” 

In addition to the three defined award categories, the Leadership in Innovation Award – determined by a judging panel – and a People’s Choice Award – determined by Re|focus attendees – will be announced at the Summit on May 21 during the opening plenary session.

To learn more about the awards visit: refocussummit.org/2019-refocus-sustainability-innovation-awards. To see all submissions visit: refocussummit.org/award-submissions

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About Plastics Industry Association
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $432 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit plasticsindustry.org. Connect with PLASTICS on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.