Dell, Tarkett and Circular Polymers/Broadview Group were revealed today as winners of the first-ever Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards. Organized by the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS; Washington, DC), the awards program recognizes the best in materials, design and end-of-life innovation, as determined by a panel of experts in recycling and sustainability from PLASTICS and the SPE Sustainability Division.
In the Materials category, Dell was honored for its Latitude 5000 Notebook, which contains a structural material for a notebook computer housing that is 50% recycled content by weight and still meets the toughest durability requirements, according to PLASTICS.
Flooring company Tarkett was recognized in the design category for its Ethos modular carpet tile with Omnicoat technology. The product was created using recycled material from waste windshields and safety glass.
Breakthrough technology from Circular Polymers/Broadview Group, which PlasticsToday recently covered, received the end-of-life award. The Rotary Impact Separator disassembles post-consumer carpet into clean face fiber, clean backing fiber and a limestone granulate.
PLASTICS said it received 39 submissions, spanning 11 industry sectors and nine countries.
Additional awards for leadership in innovation, determined by a judging panel, and a People’s Choice honoree, chosen by attendees of the Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit, will be announced at the event. The summit is scheduled for May 20 to 22, 2019, in Grand Rapids, MI.