From catheters to cheese to cement, plastic packaging is in the spotlight.
But it's a new hybrid container from IPL Inc., which combines the advantages of flexible and rigid packaging that's taking home top honors in this year's DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation.
The hybrid container SkinnyPack developed by IPL is made by fusing a flexible in-mold label to a sturdy, rigid frame to create the injection molded unit.
Diamond Award winner SkinnyPack uses 54.8 percent less plastic than previous packaging used for Ana's Foods salsa. Making the container from only one resin, PP, allows it to be 100 percent recyclable, according to DuPont.
“In developing the SkinnyPack, IPL and Ana's Foods took existing technology to a whole new level. With the properties of both flexible and rigid packaging, the SkinnyPack highlights the world of possibilities that exists for packaging,” DuPont said.
The DuPont Awards calls itself “the longest-running, global, independent judged celebration of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain.”
This year brought nearly 140 entrants from 25 countries.
Along with the big winner, a panel of judges also awarded gold and silver awards. Gold winners along with comments from DuPont include:
Squeezable mascara tube from AmorePacific. “An eye-opening innovation, AmorePacific's squeezable mascara tube eliminates consumer frustrations with inconsistent delivery, dried out product and inability to extract mascara from the tube. This squeezable mascara tube is the first matte silicone mascara tube in the world.”
New ultra slim spray bottle from MiiSTS Int'l Inc. and HotPot Design. “MiiSTS is the only flat travel-size bottle in the market. The ultimate in portability and convenience, the MiiSTS bottle is the rough dimensions of a credit card and just 5 millimeters thick at its thinnest point.”