Alcan, P&G Achieve Sustainability Award

An Alcan Packaging blister pack has received a DuPont award for sustainability. The design was cited for Cost Effective Economics and Enhanced Performance in the annual DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. Winners were announced May 28 in a global online event with discussions on key sustainability topics.

Procter & Gamble’s Prilosec OTC package redesign garnered attention for its minimization of material and inclusion of more product. The new packaging doubled the number of pills on the blister card, providing an entire course of treatment for patients in one container.

Alcan's redesign increased the amount of pills packaged from seven to 14, providing a full course of treatment for patients.

In the release that announced the winners, Dupont representatives lauded the companies for having good systems thinking to overhaul the design of an industry standard approach.

The package received recognition at Pack Expo International 2008 when it was highlighted in the keynote address. Amy Zettlemoyer-Lazar of Sam’s Club pointed out the package as a way that pharmaceuticals could participate in the Walmart sustainability scorecard.

The contest received more than 120 submissions. Entries were judged by an independent international committee overseen by Sustainable Packaging Coalition director Anne Johnson. The results were 10 winners and eight notables that judges felt displayed resource and energy optimization and enhanced performance, among other traits.

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