May 22, 2023 – The entry form will be available, and entries submitted through Microsoft Form linked here.
August 11, 2023 – All entries must be submitted by midnight, Eastern Standard Time.
August 14 – 18, 2023 – All entries will be judged on the criteria listed under Judging Criteria. The winner will be contacted following.
October 2 – 6, 2023 – The winner will be announced as part of Bioplastics Week 2023.
Manager, Sustainability & Materials
Plastics Industry Association
The tenth annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award presented by the PLASTICS Bioplastics Division will recognize one outstanding innovation in unique and creative applications of bioplastics materials, products, or processes by a company. The judging criteria are described further below. Completed submissions should be entered into this Entry Form no later than midnight, EST on August 11, 2023.
The award winner will be announced during Bioplastics Week, PLASTICS’ annual social media campaign to educate about bioplastics. This award, along with our other 5 Sustainability Innovation Awards, are recognized each year at either the Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit or NPE: The Plastics Show.
This competition is open to any corporation, partnership, or other business entity located within or outside the United States that is not excluded by the Official Rules. The same company may submit multiple entries for different materials, products, or processes, provided that a separate and complete entry from is submitted for each innovation. All applicants will be judged based on the following three categories:
Innovation is the act of being creative, introducing something new, and representing a progression of the state-of-art. Does the bioplastic material, product, or process truly bring something unique and groundbreaking to the marketplace? Examples may include:
Does the bioplastic material, product, or process provide some measure of enhanced sustainability? Examples may include:
Does the material, product, or process have an impact on the marketplace? Questions to consider may include:
Anellotech’s patented Bio-TCat™ technology converts non-food biomass into benzene, toluene and xylene (including paraxylene used in making PET), which are chemically identical to their petroleum-based counterparts and result in a product with 70% lower greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum-based PET. The paraxylene used to make 100% bioPET bottles was made by Anellotech at its fully automated TCat-8TM pilot plant located in East Texas. The Company’s partners and collaborators including Suntory purified and converted it into PTA, then PET (using bioMEG supplied by 3rd parties) and finally into 100% bioPET bottles. Learn more about the 2022 award winner here.