The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) will hold its 2019 Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit at the DeVos Place Grand Rapids Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., May 20 to 22. The event was co-located with NPE2018 this past May. The 2019 event will include a new awards element––the Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards.

The awards ceremony will recognize leading innovations in three categories: design, materials, and end-of-life management. PLASTICS and its programming partner for the summit, the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) Sustainability Division, will select the winners. The awards will recognize leaders that exemplify sustainability in plastics design and manufacturing through use of recycled content, design for recyclability, innovations in equipment and bioplastics, and overall product design that reduces the environmental footprint of manufacturing or the product.

“The Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards are a crucial next step that will give visibility to innovations in our industry that are advancing sustainability,” says Donna Davis, sustainability advocacy manager for plastics and resins at ExxonMobil Chemical Co. “We hope that by highlighting these innovations, we can drive out-of-the-box thinking and inspire others to take steps toward sustainable practices and product design.”

Official nominations for the awards will open in September. Also in September, the Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit will issue a call for papers, seeking speakers who are leading innovation in sustainability and who will participate in panel discussions.

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