Final Call for Entries – Enter to Win RPA Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award; Deadline is Aug. 21

Arlington, Va, August 1, 2013 – The deadline to enter to win the Reusable Packaging Association’s Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award is approaching. The deadline for all submissions is Aug. 21. 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. Anyone can enter a submission; entrants do not need to be a member of the RPA. Submissions will be reviewed by an independent committee of judges who are not members of the RPA.

“The award gives us another opportunity to highlight the measurable economic and environmental benefits of reusables,” 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.

“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,” said Cindy Doman, Packaging Engineering, Greenhouse, Herman Miller. “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.”

Submission forms are available at the RPA website https://reusables.org/2865/general/rpa-accepting-submissions-for-second-annual-excellence-in-reusable-packaging-award

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.

About the RPA
The Reusable Packaging Association is a collaborative effort between manufacturers, poolers, distributors, retailers and educators to promote the environmental, safety, and economic benefits of reusable packaging. The RPA serves as the collective voice of the industry and uses its knowledge of the members’ products and services to advance the adoption of reusable packaging and systems throughout the supply chain.  The RPA is focused on promoting the expansion of reusables as the preferred packaging solution across supply chains in all industries. For more information, visit http://www.reusables.org or call (703) 224-8284.

Media contact:
Jerry Welcome
1100 N. Glebe Rd, Suite 1010
Arlington, VA  22201
Phone: 703-224-8284 Fax: 703-243-5612
Email: info@reusables.org
Website: www.reusables.org