Key Dates

April 11, 2022 – The entry form will be available, and entries submitted through Microsoft Form linked here.

July 1, 2022 – All entries must be submitted by midnight, Eastern Standard Time.

July 1 – August 1, 2022 – All entries will be judged on the criteria listed under Judging Criteria. The winner will be contacted following.

September 12 - 16, 2022 – The winner will be announced as part of Bioplastics Week 2022.

All questions can be emailed to:

Heather Nortz
Manager, Sustainability & Materials
Plastics Industry Association
hnortz@plasticsindustry.org

The ninth annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award presented by the PLASTICS Bioplastics Division will recognize one outstanding innovation in unique and creative applications of bioplastics materials, products, or processes by a company. The judging criteria are described further below. Completed submissions should be entered into this Entry Form no later than midnight, EST on July 1, 2022.

Judging Criteria

This competition is open to any corporation, partnership, or other business entity located within or outside the United Sates that is not excluded by the Official Rules. The same company may submit multiple entries for different materials, products, or processes, provided that a separate and complete entry from is submitted for each innovation. All applicants will be judged based on the following three categories:

Innovation

Innovation is the act of being creative, introducing something new, and representing a progression of the state-of-art. Does the bioplastic material, product, or process truly bring something unique and groundbreaking to the marketplace? Examples may include: 

- Does the bioplastic material, product, or process truly bring something unique and groundbreaking to the marketplace? Examples may include:
- Use of new materials never before used in processes or products
- Unusual combinations of materials in a process or product
- Use of new material in a current product
- Early applications of new process technology
- First use of a particular process to produce a particular part
- New performance features of a product
- Pioneering applications into new markets

Sustainability measures

Does the bioplastic material, product, or process provide some measure of enhanced sustainability? Examples may include:

- A new material, product, or process that leads to improvements in waste reduction
- A process that consumers less water compared to a traditional process
- A finished product that is thinner and lighter than a traditional product
- A product that results in pollution reduction such as reduction in CO2 emissions

Impact to the marketplace

Does the material, product, or process have an impact on the marketplace? Questions to consider may include:

- What is the potential impact to the marketplace?
- Is the impact significant? If so, how?
- Does the material, product, or process address a new market, or does it enhance the current market?

Tips for entries:

- While there is no maximum word count, try to strike a balance between providing sufficient information and brevity. Consider that this application will be read by volunteer judges alongside multiple others and the information may be used in the press release or on social media.
- Provide sufficient information about your material, product, or process to explain how it is relevant to the bioplastics industry. For example, new or novel biobased polymers might include what type of feedstock it is made from.
- Include product photos, links to marketing brochures, and/or technical documentation. In the case of claims related to a form of biodegradability (industrial/home compostable, marine/soil biodegradable, or anaerobically digestible), technical information has been appreciated by the judges.

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