The winners in each category and the overall 2020 Sustainability Awards winner have been announced yesterday at the Sustainable Packaging Summit. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the ceremony was carried online, with support from sponsors Avery Dennison, Amcor, Apeal, Tetra Pack, Taghleef Industrie Trinseo, Klöckner Pentaplast, Evertis Packaging Solutions, Penn Color, Wipa,Tomra, Koheler, Flexible Packaging Europe, and Kuraray.
Founded by Packaging Europe, the awards set the agenda on best practice, turning the spotlight on the innovation and R&D areas of start-ups and global brands.
This year’s overall winner was the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research with their bioORMOCER®, which also won within the Biobased Packaging category. Other winners were Maison Ruinart; Henkel, Bericap Holding GmbH, Penn Color, Syntegon, and Ardagh Group.
In the Machinery category, the innSlide Boomerang of Safe Load Testing Technologies was finalist along with Highcon’s no-impact digital finishing technology, Fit Things’s Slimbox and the winner Syntegon with its PaperForming Technology.
During the ceremony, Alberto Tellechea, CEO of Safe Load Testing Technologies, explained the features and the advantages of innSlide Boomerang, a patented solution for packaging optimization and CO2 reduction, designed to achieve the virtuous circle of ‘Sustainability & Safety & Efficiency’.
The positive impacts of the innSlide Boomerang on sustainability
Optimization through the use of the Boomerang Horizontal Stability Tester does not only turn the entire distribution cycle into a safer process, but it is also an essential step toward obtaining a more sustainable packaging.
For instance, studying the characteristics of a product + packaging system through the Boomerang Horizontal Stability Tester, offers several advantages:
- Reduction of generated waste, since just the right amount of material is used to prevent over-packaging. The packaging is optimized in a way that does not only guarantee the safety of the goods, but also that it is suitable for them and not excessive, which would lead to unnecessary waste and costs.
- Use of less material. For example, regarding the tertiary packaging, transport simulation machines can help reduce the use of stretch film between 30% and 35%, which in turn reduces the hours of use of the wrapping machine between 21% and 25%, waste generation and between 27% and 32% of CO2 emissions during the manufacturing and transportation process.
- Reducing the size of the package – whether the primary, secondary, or tertiary packaging – entails a greater optimization of freight space, minimizing CO2 emissions.
Furthermore, using the Boomerang tester allows for testing the specifications and protective ability of materials. This phase is significantly important when it comes to designing the package and choosing the materials that are most suitable for the product and distribution cycle of each company. This also allows companies, research institutes and universities for testing new, more sustainable, and eco-friendly materials – one of the key points of eco-friendly packaging, a growing trend in the packaging sector.
Besides, thanks to its design the Boomerang Horizontal Stability Tester simulates the horizontal accelerations (speed, deceleration, and braking) that take place during transportation to measure the stability and rigidity of the load in line with the EUMOS standard. At the same time, this solution allows companies to comply with the Directive 2014/47/EU to achieve the objective of zero fatalities in road transport by 2050, as most recorded truck accidents resulted from unsecured loads.
If you are one of these companies concerned about sustainability and interested in adopting strategies to reduce the volume of plastic, CO2 emissions and optimize your packaging, don´t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help you find the best solution for your company.