Canada’s plastics winners
By PIC staffGeneral CPIA Gracious Living Corporation Ice River Springs industry awards IPEX Inc. Plast-Ex recycled plastic Switchable Solutions
Ice River Springs, Interplast Packaging Inc. among recipients of CPIA industry awards
ETOBICOKE, Ont.—Sustainable initiatives, from closed-loop bottle recycling to new green chemistry, were awarded this week by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA).
The CPIA’s annual industry awards were held at the PLAST-EX show in Etobicoke, Ont.
A new award was created this year in the category of Recycled Plastics Product Award for companies whose products or packaging contains at least 20% post-use plastics.
It went to Woodbridge, Ont.-based Gracious Living Corporation, which makes blue boxes from 70 per cent post-consumer material.
Canadian Tire Corporation also won for its Blue Planet Storage Solutions product line, which includes items made from at least 75 per cent recycled content.
Montreal-based Interplast Packaging Inc. was awarded as well for its egg packaging that contains a minimum of 25 per cent post-consumer recycled material and 25 per cent post industrial sourced material.
The Leader of the Year Award was given to Mark Badger, CEO of the newly formed cleantech company Switchable Solutions and former president and CEO of the CPIA.
This year’s Plastics Innovation Award went to IPEX Inc., which manufactures integrated thermoplastic piping systems. It uses a new orientation process to make pipe with enhanced toughness and flexibility. With its headquarters in Montreal and Toronto, the company operates 15 plants across Canada.
Ice River Springs won the Plastics Stewardship Award. The bottled water company in Feversham, Ont., is the first North American water bottler to make its own resin and produce plastic water bottles made of 100 per cent recycled plastic.
The company plans to eliminate foreign virgin PET resin by manufacturing recycled resin from baled post-consumer plastic.