DuPont Announces 2017 Packaging Innovation Award Winners

Honorees highlight the packaging industry’s commitment to sustainability, personalization and solving global challenges

WILMINGTON, Del., May 22, 2017 – DuPont has announced its 2017 winners of the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, honoring companies that have demonstrated major advancements in packaging technology to address the diverse and particular needs of consumers in markets around the world.

This year’s Diamond Award, the highest honor, was awarded to the Fritz™ Water Vest, which allows people in developing countries to carry up to 20 pounds of water easily and safely. Judges felt this is an out-of-the-box solution for a significant global problem and was designed with an overwhelming sense of the greater good. The vest is antimicrobial, ergonomic and reusable.

“The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation demonstrate how creative, committed and agile the packaging industry is in addressing global issues and consumer needs,” said Bernard Rioux, global packaging leader, DuPont Performance Materials. “This year’s winners included solutions for novel food storage, fermenting food products, premium beauty products, new packaging materials to target millennials and more. This competition brings out the very best of everyone in the packaging industry, and we are thrilled to see innovators raising the bar each year.”

Now in its 29th year, the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the industry’s longest running, global, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain and is recognized globally as the leading awards program in the sector. The international competition honors innovations in packaging design, materials, technology and processes. An independent panel of packaging experts evaluated nearly 150 entries from 24 countries and recognized those that excel in the categories of technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience. In addition to the award noted above, the judges awarded five diamond finalist award winners, nine gold winners and six silver winners based on “excellence” in one, two or three categories.

“The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is exciting because of the global nature of the competition. It is objective, you don’t have to use DuPont materials, and there is no entry fee,” said Lead Judge David Luttenberger, CPP, global packaging director of Mintel Group Ltd. “DuPont brings a great variety of disciplines of expertise for the judging panel to really get a global perspective across design, engineering, retail, converting, and academia, which helps us hone in on what’s important and what’s valuable about packaging.”

2017 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation Winners (Click here for complete descriptions and images.)

DIAMOND WINNER

  • Fritz™ Water Vest (Solutions Inc., USA)

DIAMOND FINALISTS

  • Compostable “Pizza Pod” (Zume Pizza, USA)
  • Cryovac® OptiDure™ Abuse Bag (Sealed Air, USA)
  • Light-weight sustainable agrochemical auto-stackable 15L PET containers (Dow AgroSciences, Germany)
  • MGI JETvarnish 3D Digital Decoration Process for Folding Cartons & Labels from Marrs Printing & Packaging (MGI, USA)
  • Plantic™ R: Ultra-high barrier renewable and recyclable packaging material (Kuraray [Plantic Technologies Ltd.], Australia)

GOLD WINNERS

  • Design realization with breakthrough technology enhancing productivity and less footprint (AMOREPACIFIC, South Korea)
  • Ice Cream Mini Cup 140ml: Closure PP In Mold Label with spoon inside, Cardboard Cup and Alu/PE sealing (FRONERI, Brazil)
  • Insignia Freshtag (Insignia Technologies, UK)
  • MosquitoPaQ™ OUTDOOR ZONE no-bite SPATIAL Repellent Pouch (PPi Technologies GROUP, USA)
  • New packaging combining tradition and science (CJ Cheiljedang, South Korea)
  • Peelfit™ Can (CROWN Food Europe, France)
  • PepsiCo’s Granola Goes Nuts Cross – Directional Laser Scored Flow Wrapper (PepsiCo and Printpack, USA)
  • Skol Beats Secret – Red Glass (Owens Illinois, Brazil)
  • Vento™: Advanced coffee packaging with integrated degassing system (Amcor Flexibles, Switzerland)

SILVER WINNERS

  • Direct Object Printing for Full Package Decoration (Plastipak Packaging, Inc., USA)
  • Farmacy Beauty – Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask (VP+C, USA)
  • “FUJI・M・O”, Flexible packaging for the inkjet-gravure hybrid printing machine (FUJI TOKUSHU SHIGYO CO., LTD, Japan)
  • How2Recycle®, the next generation recycling label for packaging (GreenBlue, USA)
  • Kellogg’s® Nutri-Grain® Bakery Delights Tactile Packaging (Bemis Company, Inc., USA)
  • Lightweight 20-ounce Vitaminwater® container with PowerStrap™ and Active Hinge™ technologies (Amcor Rigid Plastics, USA)

 

DuPont Performance Materials (DPM) is a leading innovator of thermoplastics, elastomers, renewably sourced polymers, high-performance parts and shapes, as well as resins that act as adhesives, sealants, and modifiers. DPM supports a globally linked network of regional application development experts who work with customers throughout the value chain to develop innovative solutions in automotive, packaging, construction, consumer goods, electrical/electronics and other industries. For additional information about the DuPont Packaging Awards, visit packagingawards.dupont.com or follow DuPont Packaging on TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.

Here's what happened when we visited the Dominican Republic

Intro

In the summer of 2016, the Fritz™ Water Vest team learned first-hand about the value and benefits of the water vest in two rural communities just north west of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic called El Toro and Mucha Agua. The Fritz™ Water Vest team partnered with The English Church East to test the product with the ultimate goal of improving its design, function, and value. 

The hands-on experience allowed us to observe the challenges of daily water transportation and the opportunities that exist. Together, we asked 30 local community members of varying ages, family sizes, and physical ability to try the Fritz™ Water Vest for a period of two weeks while we closely monitored physical interaction.

 
 

Problem

We immediately recognized that water transportation was a serious issue and could even become treacherous at times, like needing to climb steep embankments while carrying heavy pails of water. We learned that river water makes children and families sick from bacteria and parasites. Boiling water for sanitation is a safety hazard within cramped kitchens and uses up precious cooking fuel. Alternatively, jugs of distilled water can cost up to 30% of a monthly household budget.

 

Several children making their daily water collection at the local river near El Toro.

Several children making their daily water collection at the local river near El Toro.

The Fritz Water Vest being worn by a young boy in El Toro with his hands free to carry other items.

The Fritz Water Vest being worn by a young boy in El Toro with his hands free to carry other items.

Solution

The Fritz™ Water Vest introduced new behaviors in personal water consumption while providing intuitive health and cost benefits:

Dispensing: When our testers hung the water vest above a door and fitted it with a hose, they could direct a pressurized water-flow where they needed it versus having to scoop water from a larger vessel.

Filtration: When a reusable Sawyer® Water Filter was attached to the water vest, people immediately understood the cost-saving value through the ability to potentially replace expensive distilled water delivery services.

Convenience: The Fritz™ Water Vest is a hands-free method of transporting water; making it more convenient for carrying other objects or tools.  The Fritz Water Vest made it easier to transport water to perform tasks that are less water intensive and that don’t require a large bucket, like drinking, cooking, cleaning dishes and personal hygiene. 

Another interesting takeaway we learned is that the water vest allowed children to take warm water baths. Most people take cold-water baths. But, our testers found they could warm the water in the transparent water vest with warm sunlight. Warm water baths for children help alleviate common cold symptoms and provide enhanced hygiene. 

We’re grateful for the knowledge gained through this hands-on experience and the time spent by each of the community members to welcome the Fritz™ Water Vest solution in to their lives. The Fritz™ Water Vests we distributed have remained in El Toro and Mucha Agua for continued usage.

Article written by: Michael Robinson, Human-centered Design
Fritz™ Water Vest Team Member
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