Awards honor innovation

By Roger Renstrom
Correspondent

Published: August 14, 2012 6:00 am ET

The sleepToo is designed to accommodate members of a hospitalized patient’s family. (Sauder Manufacturing Co. photo)

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Topics Materials, Consumer Products, Medical, Injection Molding, Design

Credits go to the corporation, Nobuyuki Mase and Haruhiko Uneo.

DW Product Development Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario, and Ecologic Brands Inc. of Oakland, Calif., and four designers won for a sustainable package for liquid laundry detergent.

Identified as an Ecologic Brands paper bottle, the package consists of a molded paper shell, a pouch liner of thin low density and high density polyethylene films and a 2-inch-diameter fitment/locking collar of injection molded LDPE. DW said the pouch resin uses up to 75 percent less plastic than is used in rigid containers.

After emptying the bottle, a user can separate the outer shell from the liner. The shell is recyclable as paper or compost, and the liner and collar are recyclable as LDPE through grocery store collection points or for manufacturing of Trex Co. composite decking.

The product entered the commercial market in March 2011, retails for $12.99-$14.99 and has helped green cleaning products firm Seventh Generation Inc. of Burlington, Vt., gain market share. Seventh Generation launched a four-times-concentrated detergent using the Ecologic bottle in the natural grocery channel in March 2011.

Credits go to DW’s Romeo Graham, Rob Watters and Mike Sirois, and Ecologic’s Julie Corbett.

Designers with Teague of Seattle and B/E Aerospace Inc. of Wellington, Fla., won for a line of 10 products with in the Essence Inserts Collection.

Materials include thermoplastics, advanced aerospace plastics, polymer matrix composites, lightweight foams, pure and alloy aluminums, stainless steel and copper. The products can work alone or within an integrated system.

The collection addresses airlines’ need to differentiate services, including those functional items such as a steam oven and an espresso maker in each airplane’s cabin galley. The line’s language is designed to create a sense of harmony and balance within the cabin galley.

Credits go to Teague’s Brian Conner, Tony Bravetti, Sebastian Petry and Adam Kumpf, and the B/E Aerospace design team.

Teague — legally Walter Dorwin Teague Associates Inc. — also won a gold award for its holistic Teagueduino/teagueduino.org open-source interactive hardware platform in the IDEA digital design category.


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