There's the Oscars, the Emmys and the Grammys. Or if you want to go more highbrow, you've got your Nobel, Booker or Pulitzer prizes.
Add to that the Reusies, a new virtual award ceremony dedicated to reusable packaging.
It's being sponsored by Upstream Solutions and the Closed Loop Partners, which raises money for recycling investments. Among other work with the plastics industry, CLP recently launched a new fund with resin makers Dow Inc., LyondellBasell Industries and Nova Chemicals Corp.
The Reusies will take place Sept. 30, in a virtual format. The groups enlisted two actors from the sitcom Parks and Recreation in a clever promo video.
Reusables are more on the fringes now of packaging, but it's a model getting more attention from groups like the U.S. Plastics Pact and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, as they search for ways to make packaging more circular.
Upstream recently released a report making the business case for reusable packaging. The executive summary makes what I think is a good point about waste, recycling and packaging: "Trying to solve the problem by targeting plastics alone misses the point. Solving this requires a paradigm shift from single-use to reuse."
Nominations are being accepted through July 11.