“Packaging has to get better,” says Stefan Schulze-Hausmann, initiator of the German Sustainability Award. “We depend on hygienic, transport-safe and informative protection for products, but we need fewer of them and smarter solutions. Our finalists show how this can be done. Together we want to send impulses to the various industries to make their packaging fit for the future. ”
This product packaging is in the final for the German Sustainability Award
Gmund Paper has established itself with a packaging paper that consists of 100% European hemp fibers. They offer ecological advantages over wood fibers: their length makes them stronger and more often recyclable. The plant fibers can be harvested 2-3 times a year and have a high area yield. In addition to largely avoiding pesticides, hemp cultivation also offers advantages for soils, insects and field birds. Gmund paper is currently the only packaging paper made from this plant on a large industrial scale.
“CycleForm®” is a blister pack made of molded paper with particularly low CO2-Footprint. Thanks to the innovative process developed by the mechanical engineering company Koch Pac-Systeme, a flat cardboard box can be formed into a “shell” and sealed with a cardboard back wall. Products such as toothbrushes or razors can be packaged hygienically and dust-tight. The packaging is also plastic-free and 100% recyclable. Compared to conventional packaging, the packaging solution is characterized by lower energy and water consumption.
The reusable system eatTainabler, digitally organized by Rieber, is a form of precycle in which packaging waste is to be avoided. The reusable containers for the delivery and pick-up service of meals can be reused several thousand times and are 100% recyclable. The odorless, antibacterial and dishwasher-safe stainless steel packaging in various sizes enables versatile use. The Rieber Connect system is also intended to establish reusable partnerships with other manufacturers of e.g. B. create reusable glasses or plastic containers in order to reduce the packaging waste in the field of out-of-home catering in the long term.
here come straight to the finalists.
The expert jury of the German Sustainability Award. The committee appointed by the German Sustainability Award Foundation brings perspectives from business, research, civil society and politics into the decision-making process. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony for the German Sustainability Award on December 3, 2021 in Düsseldorf.
German sustainability award
The German Sustainability Award is the national award for excellence in sustainability in business, municipalities and research. With eight competitions (including the Next Economy Award for “green founders”), over 1,000 applicants and 2,000 guests at the events, the prize is the largest of its kind in Europe. The award is given by the German Sustainability Award Foundation in cooperation with the federal government, municipal umbrella organizations, business associations, civil society organizations and research institutions. The framework for the award is the German Sustainability Day in Düsseldorf, the most popular annual communication platform on the topic of sustainable development.
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