BERLIN (Dec. 6, 11:55 a.m. ET) — Groupe Danone SA's German business has won the Bioplastics Award 2011 for its “exceptional commitment” to the extensive use of bioplastics in the packaging of its dairy brand products.
The judges particularly noted Danone GbmH's use of Ingeo polylactic acid in its Activia yogurt cups and Braskem biobased high density polyethylene in its Actimel yogurt drink bottles.
Andreas Knaut, Danone's director of corporate communications, said: “We are very pleased about the award. A highly valued acknowledgement like this is wonderful confirmation of our achievement over years of research, and of our commitment in the field of bioplastics.
“We must get away from our dependence on petroleum and focus on packaging materials that come from renewable resources. We therefore hope that the award will motivate other companies to select bioplastics. It is only in this way that we will be able to establish a full recycling system, for example for PLA, and make full use of the material's potential.”
The annual award was organized by Bioplastics Magazine based in Germany. The award was launched by European Plastics News in 2006, which jointly organized the award with Bioplastics Magazine in 2010.