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U.S. Plastics Pact Now Accepting Applications For 2024 Sustainable Packaging Innovation Awards

Walpole, NH (February 1, 2024) – After two consecutive and successful awards programs, the U.S. Plastics Pact is eager to announce the third year of our Sustainable Packaging Innovation Awards in 2024!

As said by Emily Tipaldo, Executive Director of the U.S. Pact, “We are proud to showcase businesses’ circular solutions that help keep plastic packaging in the economy and out of the environment and enable progress towards the U.S. Pact’s four targets.”

Packaging Innovation categories include recyclability, reuse, refill, and compostability. Open to businesses of all sizes with primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging solutions of all substrates. Must service the U.S. market.

Submissions for the 2024 Sustainable Packaging Innovation Award will be accepted through Walmart’s Circular Connector until March 1, 2024.

Packaging Innovation Categories:

  1. Recyclability – meets design for recyclability in U.S. systems (i.e., meets the Association of Plastic Recyclers Preferred Design Guidelines, and 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’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

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 Circularity24
  • Chance to be featured on Cory Connors’ Sustainable Packaging Podcast

Submit your circular packaging solution before March 1, 2024

2023 winning solutions included  Ring Container Technologies’ BarrierGuard® OxygenSmart™ in the Recyclability category,  Alternative Packaging Solutions’ twistMist™ in the Refill category,  Jac. Vandenberg, Inc.’s  PackNatur® Cellulose Tube Netting in the Compostability category, and Pact Group Holdings Ltd Retail Accessories’ Reuse Solutions in the Reuse category. For more information on previous winners, check out the U.S. Plastics Pact’s website.

For questions about Walmart’s Circular Connector, email: corpsu@wal-mart.com.

To arrange an interview with Emily Tipaldo, Executive Director, U.S. Plastics Pact, or to be connected with U.S. Pact Activators, contact:

Eric Downing



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