2021 Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards
Celebrating innovations driving environmental advantages in product design, sustainable materials and end-of-life recovery

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) will be accepting nominations for the 2021 Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards from November 19, 2020 – January 15, 2021. The awards are designed to recognize the companies that are pushing the boundaries of innovation—driving environmental advantages in product design, sustainable materials, and end-of-life recovery. 


  • Design
  • Materials
  • End of Life 


  • Design for Recycling
  • Design for Anti-Litter
  • Innovation in Equipment Allowing for New Product Design 


  • Innovation in or Use of Bioplastics
  • Innovation in or Use of Recycled Content
  • Additives for Upcycling

End of Life

  • Innovation in Recycling
  • Innovation in Recycling or Composting Equipment

Winners in each category will be selected in February and announced mid-March.

In addition to the three defined award categories, two additional awards will be announced during the ceremony. 

The Leadership Innovation Award: The winner of this award will be determined by the judging panel. 

The People's Choice Award: All nominations for the Sustainability Innovation Awards qualify to be a part of the People's Choice Award contest. All proposals will be shared online and the nominee with the most votes will win a special trophy during the ceremony. 


A panel of judges composed of authoritative sources in plastics manufacturing, materials, and recycling who are qualified to determine what truly represents the state-of-the-art innovation will select one award winner for each of the three categories. Each submission will be graded on the following criteria: 

  • Innovation: How novel is the idea being proposed?
  • Environmental Impact: What is the environmental benefit? If this can be quantified (CO2 savings, water reduction, energy reduction, etc.), this should be included in the submission.  
  • Market Impact: How scalable is this innovation? What is the potential market impact if it were to reach commercialization? 


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