Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives, awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories. Graphic Packaging International (GPI) is being honored this year with the 2013 Innovation in Sustainability Award for its "Tite-Pak Innovation Beverage Package" project.
"The development of Tite-Pak® packaging demonstrates how a total system solution can generate transformational innovation. The reduction in bottle breakage and packaging material can save customers millions of dollars while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.
Graphic Packaging designed Tite-Pak® to reduce the amount of glass bottle breakage without increasing total packaging materials. Research indicates that the implementation of Tite-Pak® has led to a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gases among the 12 and 18 bottle packs. Graphic Packaging promotes a long-term reliance on paperboard packaging instead of plastic through this innovation.
"Graphic Packaging International is honored to receive recognition for Tite-Pak®, our newest innovation specifically engineered to reduce glass bottle breakage and eliminate the need for internal partitions" remarked Graphic Packaging International, Inc. Chairman of the Board and CEO David Scheible. He added, "Tite-Pak® is an innovative and sustainable solution for our customers that provides superior glass bottle protection using less fiber in comparison to traditional packaging."
AF&PA releases its biennial Sustainability Report every other year, which in 2012 showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative. AF&PA will release its next report in mid-2014.
AF&PA member company applicants are considered annually in two categories -
"Innovation in Sustainability" and "Leadership in Sustainability" - with five "Leadership" subcategories: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Sustainable Forest Management, Safety, and Water. Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the "Leadership" category; projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices but that do not specifically address one of these goals may be recognized in the "Innovation" category.
For more information about the Sustainability Awards program and AF&PA's Better Practices initiative, visit www.afandpa.org/sustainability.