Graham Packaging Wins 2020 SPC Innovator Award for Innovation in Recovery

Graham Packaging, an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of innovative and sustainable packaging solutions, was identified by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) as an innovator of reusable packaging, winning the Innovation in Recovery award.

Specifically, the SPC recognized Graham’s REFPET returnable, refillable PET containers as a leading sustainability solution that results in 47 percent longer reuse cycles than its previous generations of REFPET bottles.

Graham’s REFPET containers have been used to package beverages for large, well-known brands for over 30 years, but a recent creative upgrade reportedly solved a persistent challenge that faces most reusable packaging. When a bottle is reused, significant wear and scuffing can occur, which reduces the number of times the bottle can be reused before its aesthetic properties become unacceptable.

To combat this problem, Graham reportedly added a bubble texture to its REFPET Generation III bottles. This texture has increased the containers’ average number of reuse cycles from 17 to 25.

The SPC recognized this effort by awarding Graham with a 2020 Innovator Award for Innovation in Recovery. The Graham team embraced the challenge to create a solution that both mitigated a loss and enhanced the visual appearance of the container.

“For us, sustainability is a part of everything we do, and innovation is core to who we are,” said Tracee Auld, chief sustainability officer, Graham Packaging Company. “To be recognized by a body such as the Sustainable Packaging Coalition says a lot about where we are already and where we need to continue to focus our efforts to deliver innovative, sustainable products.”

For more information, visit https://www.grahampackaging.com.

Share on Socials!

Related Articles

Related Articles

Amcor’s Single-Serve Plastic Bottles and Flexible Packaging Reshape Dairy Industry

The evolution of the dairy segment and its packaging is here. Leading packaging suppliers like Amcor have the capabilities and expertise to shape, cultivate, and drive that ...
Read More

Assessing the Sustainability Benefits: Flexible Stand-Up Pouches for Motor Oil — A LCA Case Study

The Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) report, A Holistic View of the Role of Flexible Packaging in a Sustainable World, highlights the sustainability benefits of flexible packaging. ...
Read More

SOMIC Packaging to Showcase the Advantages of Retail-Ready Automation at PACK EXPO

SOMIC Packaging will demonstrate a 424 W3 wraparound case packer at PACK EXPO International, October 23-26, in booth LU-8135 at McCormick Place in Chicago. This is ...
Read More