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Pregis and GCR Group have been selected as a finalist for the Sustainability Awards 2021 with our Renew air cushions containing Ciclic (PCR) material.

A jury of 46 global experts from across the value chain has concluded its first round of judging. On May 24th Packaging Europe revealed the finalists in this year’s edition of the world’s most prestigious sustainable packaging innovation competition.

The 2021 Sustainability Awards have attracted more submissions (309) and greater diversity of innovation than ever before. The hive mind of the jury faced a challenging task narrowing down the entries to just four finalists for each category, with many very impressive pieces of R&D narrowly missing out.

Packaging Europe mentions that as in previous years, there was an overwhelming number of solutions dedicated to circularity and design for recyclability, and once again the Pre-Commercialized category gave a thrilling glimpse of the breadth of innovation looming on the horizon. Meanwhile, the newly introduced category focusing on sustainable packaging innovation for the rapidly growing e-commerce sector met with an encouragingly strong response.

And exactly in this last category The Renew film with 50% Ciclic material (Post Consumer Recycled content) developed by Pregis and GCR Group are selected as a finalist. This means that the product is one of the four highest-scoring submissions in this category after the first round of judging.

Innovative aspect of Renew air cushions

It is not a common practice on the market to find air cushions with a high level of Post Consumer Recycled content. Thus, the aim of this collaboration was to replace virgin polymer and achieve a high content of recycled plastic in the product, thus reducing the environmental footprint.

A collaboration between Pregis and GCR Group

Pregis is a customer-driven solutions manufacturer and provider of innovative protective packaging. GCR Group is the producer of CICLIC high-quality recycled polyolefins. Both companies are committed to minimize the impact on the environment and develop products that contribute to a circular economy.