Sustainability

Entries for European plastics group innovation awards open

The European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations (EPRO) is inviting companies across Europe to enter their products for the EPRO Best Recycled Plastic Product Innovation and Sustainability Awards.

The competition aims to raise awareness and showcase the latest product innovations for recycled plastics in a variety of applications, allowing the industry to demonstrate its commitment to conserving resources and limiting the impact of plastics on the environment.Entries for European plastics group innovation awards open

Entries to the competition close on 18 January 2019. There is no cost to enter. Winners will be announced at the Identiplast conference, due to take place in London 7-8 March 2019. The competition enables companies to further demonstrate their commitment and work in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility, and for the consumer to more fully understand the scope of their environmentally friendly actions.

Commenting on the award, Stuart Foster, CEO of plastics recycling charity RECOUP, said: “Raising awareness of the products made from recycled plastics helps stimulate demand and appetite for the design and manufacture more products made from recycled plastic and to encourage new entrants into the marketplace. We recognise the importance of awards such as this to inform and educate the public of advances currently being made in this arena.”

Peter Sundt, Secretary General of EPRO added: “It is important that consumers and industry see the development in the recycling of plastics. We see this award as being a vehicle to showcase the innovation within plastics recycling and the many products that are currently being manufactured across Europe.”

The competition is held every two years, with Spanish company Roofeco Systems bringing home the 2017 award for their sustainable roof tiles. The winning product demonstrated the environmental benefits of using recycled plastics as opposed to traditional methods of manufacturing roof tiles.  

Entries can be submitted at the Best Recycled Plastic Product Award page on the EPRO website. Candidates can either enter the Innovation Award or the Sustainability Award.