PureCycle, Accredo Packaging receive Re|focus awards

Plastics has announced its two winners for its 2020 Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards.


The Plastics Industry Association (Plastics), Washington, has awarded PureCycle Technologies, Chicago, as the winner of its Leadership in Innovation Award and Accredo Packaging, Sugar Land, Texas, as the winner of its People’s Choice Award for the 2020 Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards.

Leadership in Innovation Award-winner PureCycle Technologies uses postconsumer and postindustrial polypropylene (PP) for consumer-facing applications. According to a news release from Plastics, PureCycle removes contaminants, odors and colors from recycled feedstock to produce near-virgin-quality resin. 

Previous Re|focus attendees and plastics industry experts voted virtually to select Accredo Packaging as the People’s Choice Award winner this year. Accredo Packaging designed an all-polyethylene (PE), fully recyclable standup pouch with a variety of uses. The AccredoFlex RP Gen2 pouch consists of 25 percent biobased resin. Plastics reports that Accredo, which also won a Sustainability Innovation Award for Best Design earlier this year from Plastics, uses wind and solar energy to create the AccredoFlex RP Gen 2.

“We are excited to announce PureCycle Technologies as the winner of the Leadership in Innovation Award and Accredo Packaging as the winner of the People’s Choice Award,” says Plastics Senior Director of Sustainability and Materials Ashley Hood-Morley. “These awards continue to demonstrate how the plastics industry is moving the needle in sustainability and recycling innovations.”  

“Although we moved the Re|focus Awards to virtual voting, due to the pandemic, we had very high participation from the Re|focus community. I continue to be impressed with the plastic industry’s commitment to sustainability,” she says.

The winners would have been recognized during Re|focus, which was set to take place May 18-20 in Cincinnati. Plastics is hosting a Re|focus Webinar Series, which kicks off May 28, in lieu of the conference. Click here to learn more about the new webinar series. The next in-person event will be held in conjunction with NPE2021 May 17-21, 2021, in Orlando, Florida.