Entries for the Plastic Packaging Product of the Year are open to new plastic packaging of consumer products. The judges will be looking for innovative and recyclable packaging designs that also feature recycled plastic content.

The qualifying criteria for the award are :

• The packaging must be for consumer goods (including both food and non-food applications)
• The packaging must be produced and developed in Europe and must be a finished product
• The packaging must not be older than 18 months
• The packaging must be made of conventional plastics, consisting of at least 50% recycled content
• Design of the packaging must consider recyclability aspects and be recyclable
• RecyClass analysis must be performed for the submitted packaging product.

Packaging and product designers, design engineers, plastics processors, manufacturers, brand owners, retailers and suppliers of recycled plastic packaging are all invited to enter. Entries for the awards close on 23 November 2018. Finalists will be announced in January 2019.

“The launch of the awards in 2018 demonstrated that number of brands are confident about using recycled plastic in their products, which in its quality is comparable to the virgin one. With the second edition, we want to show that there is a myriad of applications in which recycled plastics are and can be used. It is important to show that secondary materials are used not only in niche applications, but are perfect for products of everyday use”, said Ton Emans, PRE President.

“The very high number of entries received and the outstanding quality of our finalists and winners for this year’s awards have led us to expand the award categories for the coming year, to reflect the growth and innovative use of recycled plastics across a wide range of industries and applications,” said Matt Barber, Event Director of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe. “It is also the right time to give the awards ceremony a fitting stage of its own, so for 2019 the winners will be announced at a spectacular gala dinner.”

This edition has seven other categories for the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2019.

The Plastics Recycling Awards Europe are organised jointly by Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and Crain Communications, organisers of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe.

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