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Winning Designs in Sustainable Plastic Packaging

Innovative plastic packaging engineered with sustainability top-of-mind — especially recycled content — proved a winning combination in IoPP’s 2023 AmeriStar Awards.

Rick Lingle

August 15, 2023

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The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) unveiled the winners in the organization’s widely recognized AmeriStar Awards for 2023. An expert panel of judges from diverse packaging industry segments rigorously evaluated dozens of entries that celebrate the packaging industry's excellence, innovation, and creativity. This year's competition saw a remarkable array of entries across 17 distinct categories, showcasing cutting-edge advancements and breakthrough solutions to help shape the future of packaging.

PlasticsToday narrows the field of winning developments to those made with plastics. These include a first-of-a-kind handled shrink bag, a cup that offers a patented tamper-evident base-to-lid closure design, a mono-material recyclable pouch, and 10 more featured in the accompanying slideshow gallery that reflect the industry’s drive toward efficiency in design and increased sustainability in materials aligned with a circular plastics economy.

First we recognize the nonplastic Best in Show winner, General Mills' revolutionary plastic-thermoform-replacing cup made from wet molded fiber. It’s a material traditionally unsuitable for shelf-stable products that, enhanced by a renewable spray coating for grease and water protection, matches the functionality of a plastic thermoform and boasts a 45% reduced carbon footprint. Introduced in 2021, the cup's packaging design continues to evolve through real-world feedback.

Onto the plastic-containing winners in the accompanying slideshow gallery...

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About the Author(s)

Rick Lingle

Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday

Rick Lingle is Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree from Clarke College and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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