RPA Accepting Submissions for Second Annual Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award

Reusable_Logo_award_6_27_12_outArling­ton, VA — April 30, 2013 The Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion is accept­ing sub­mis­sions for its sec­ond annual Excel­lence in Reusable Pack­ag­ing Award. The award is designed to rec­og­nize com­pa­nies that have devel­oped, sup­ported, or imple­mented mea­sur­able and inno­v­a­tive reusable solu­tions in a business-to-business sup­ply chain. Non-members as well as mem­bers of the RPA are encour­aged to enter. Sub­mis­sions will be reviewed by an inde­pen­dent com­mit­tee of judges who are not mem­bers of the RPA.

The strongest sub­mis­sions in 2012 detailed mea­sur­able out­comes that resulted from the appli­ca­tion of reusable prod­ucts and ser­vices,” said Jerry Wel­come, Pres­i­dent of the RPA. “Last year, we had a nice array of sub­mis­sions from dif­fer­ent mar­kets and also from com­pa­nies out­side the US. We strongly encour­age end users and sup­pli­ers from all indus­tries to enter the competition.”

The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is Aug. 21, 2013. Eli­gi­ble com­pa­nies must have par­tic­i­pated in the reusable pack­ag­ing indus­try as of Sep­tem­ber 1, 2012. Com­pa­nies will be judged on the quan­tifi­able envi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic ben­e­fits of their reusable pack­ag­ing solu­tions and ser­vices. Her­man Miller Inc. won the award in 2012 for its reusable pack­ag­ing ini­tia­tive that is sav­ing the com­pany $46,000 annu­ally in mate­r­ial and labor. You can read their win­ning case study at http://reusables.org/rpa-case-studies

Win­ning the award gave my team inter­nal recog­ni­tion for our efforts which is always wel­come, and the com­pany as a whole received vis­i­bil­ity for our sus­tain­abil­ity efforts in the media. All the recog­ni­tion flowed from mate­ri­als cre­ated by the RPA when we won the award, so we received a lot of value with­out much work on our part other than cre­at­ing the sub­mis­sion,” said Cindy Doman, Pack­ag­ing Engi­neer­ing, Green­house, Her­man Miller.

Sub­mis­sion forms are avail­able here RPAAward­Sub­For­mAlt. The award is sup­ported by the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA), Reusable Pack­ag­ing Machin­ery Insti­tute (PMMI) and StopWaste.Org. The win­ner of the award will be announced dur­ing PACK EXPO 2013 in Las Vegas.

For more infor­ma­tion con­tact Jerry Wel­come (jwelcome@reusables.org) or call (703) 2248284.

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