Ecopack Challenge targets sustainable packaging ideas

PIL seminar crowd

THE Ecopack Challenge, in partnership with Marks & Spencer, will take place for the first time at the Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 show.

The competition invites firms creating sustainable products to try and win the opportunity to develop an idea with retail giant Marks & Spencer.

A ‘Dragons’ Den’ style session will see six shortlisted companies compete for the prize in front of an expert industry panel and the audience, alongside the OPRL PREP tool. OPRL’s PREP UK tool (the Packaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal) gives advice on packaging designs and provides an ISO14021 compliant basis for self-evaluated green claims.

PREP UK assesses whether consumers can readily recycle it using WRAP’s LARSU data, and how it will be sorted and recovered at UK MRFs and reprocessors using data researched for OPRL by Axion Consulting. It also checks whether design details will affect the value of the recyclate.

At Packaging Innovations NEC in Birmingham earlier this year, the winner of the Ecopack Challenge was Flexi-Hex, who triumphed with their recyclable and biodegradable packaging sleeves.

Entry to the challenge is open to anyone. The deadline is Monday 26th August. For more information, visit online application form.