U.S. Plastics Pact’s Sustainable Packaging Innovation Award

Applications for the 2023 Sustainable Packaging Innovation Award have now closed. Businesses may submit their packaging solutions through Walmart’s Circular Connector for consideration for a 2024 award.

The award was created to showcase innovations that help to keep plastic packaging in the economy and out of the environment and enable progress towards the U.S. Pact’s four targets.


2023 Sustainable Packaging Innovation Award Finalists

US Plastics Pact is proud to announce finalists for the 2023 Sustainable Packaging Innovation Award. One winner for compostability, recyclability, refill, and reuse will be announced at GreenBiz Group‘s Circularity23.

– Earth-To-Go: EarthMaize Clamshells
– Econsumes Singapore Pte. Ltd.: Fruit Mesh
– Grounded Packaging: Plantcell Lidding Film
– Jac. Vandenberg, Inc.: Produce Netting
– Notpla: Notpla
– ProAmpac: ProActive Compostable CPM-2000F
– Smile Compostable Solutions: Home Compostable Coffee Pods
– MakeGrowLab: Scoby Packaging Materials
– Zume Inc.: Molded Fiber

– Ampacet Corporation: ReVive 311A
– APackaging Group: Infinity Lotion Pump
– Aptar: Future Pump & SimpliCycle™
– Avient Corporation: Rejoin PCR Masterbatch
– BottleOne™ BottleOne
– Brook + Whittle: GreenLabel Blockout
– Cascades: Fresh Fibres Cardboard Tray
– Papyrous Packaging LLC: Papyrofoam
– ProAmpac: ProActive Recyclable RP-1000SB Series
– Ring Container Technologies: BarrierGuard
– Paper People USA: Paperlock

Reuse / Refill:
– Alternative Packaging Solutions: twistMist
– IFCO SYSTEMS: Reusable Packaging Containers
– LOADHOG: Pally
– Nude Foods Market: Refill Grocery Store
– Pact Group Holdings Ltd Retail Accessories: Reusable Retail Clothing Packaging
– Re:Dish Co.: Dishware
– RePack North America, Inc.: Delivery Packaging
– Returnity Innovations: Shipping & Delivery Packaging
– Reusables.com: Take Out Containers

2022 Sustainable Packaging Innovation Award Winners

Winners of the 2022 U.S. Plastics Pact Sustainable Packaging Award were announced by U.S. Plastics Pact Executive Director, Emily Tipaldo and Walmart Director of Sustainability, Ashley C. Hall during a keynote presentation at GreenBiz Group‘s VERGE.

CONGRATULATIONS to the award’s inaugural winners:

– RecyclabilityAmcor‘s AmSky™
– RefillThe Clorox Company‘s Concentrated Refillable Cleaners
– CompostabilitySmile Compostable Solutions‘ Compostable Coffee Pods
– ReuseDeliverZero‘s Reusable Delivery Containers

Pictured from left to right: Ed Haedt (Amcor), Emily Tipaldo (U.S. Plastics Pact), Mark Pszczolkowski (The Clorox Company), Michael Sands (Smile Compostable Solutions), Ashley C. Hall (Walmart), and Ashwin Ramdas (DeliverZero).

Winning packaging solutions are featured in Walmart’s Circular Connector.


Award Categories & Eligibility

Packaging Innovation Categories:

  1. Recyclability – meets design for recyclability in U.S. systems (i.e., meets the Association of Plastic Recyclers Preferred Design GuidelinesHow2Recycle Guidelines, contains no problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging), supports the transition from non-recyclable to recyclable and/or meets Walmart’s Recycling Playbook Recyclable “Green” Pages(s)
  2. Reuse – where packaging is returned and reused for the same purpose it was originally sold, consistent with the definitions of ISO 18603:2013
  3. Refill – where a package is refilled to dispense the originally intended product application, consistent with the definitions of ISO 18603:2013. This may be a branded product instead of a packaging solution and the product refill could be a concentrate or the original formulation of the product.
  4. Compostability – meets the Biodegradable Products Institute or Compost Manufacturing Alliance’s composting certification standards and contains no problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging


  • Open to businesses of all sizes
  • Open to primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging solutions of all substrates
  • Must service the U.S. market

Award Benefits

Winners Will Receive:

  • Manufacturing trial discussions with potential to pilot with Walmart
  • Four 30-minute mentoring sessions with Walmart Private Brand Packaging Teams
  • Promotion through U.S. Plastics Pact channels, including highlights at sustainability conferences
  • Technology showcase with procurement and technical staff from U.S. Plastics Pact Activators spanning across the plastics value chain
  • All-access pass and travel stipend to GreenBiz Group’s Circularity23
  • Chance to be featured on Cory Connors’ Sustainable Packaging Podcast



2022 Sustainable Packaging Award Honorable Mentions





Contact takeaction@usplasticspact.org if you have questions about the U.S. Pact’s Sustainable Packaging Innovation Award.

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