Applications for the 8th annual Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) Excellence in Reusable Packaging award are now being accepted. The award recognizes primary (end) user companies and organizations that have developed and implemented measurable and innovative reusable transport packaging solutions in their supply chain. The application form is available on the RPA website at Submissions are due by June 15.

“The RPA Excellence in Reusable Packaging award spotlights and celebrates primary user implementation of reusable transport packaging solutions that reduce supply chain costs and environmental footprints,” said Tim Debus, RPA President & CEO. “We honor achievements with reusable packaging and promote the successful outcomes for educational purposes.”

Two awards will be given in 2019: one award to for-profit companies and one award to non-profit or governmental organizations. “We added the non-profit category in 2017 to recognize the increasing number of reusable packaging solutions being deployed in this sector,” said Debus. “By highlighting and sharing these initiatives, we hope to spur even more adoption of reusable transport packaging across all types of industries and organizations.”

The awards will be given to primary users of reusable packaging transport systems. Primary users do not have to be a member of the RPA to enter.

Submissions will be reviewed and winners selected by an independent panel of judges, based on the quantifiable environmental and economic benefits of the reusable transport packaging system. Winners will be notified in August and should be available to attend PACK EXPO 2019 in Las Vegas September 23-25 to receive the award and to present their winning submission.

The winners will receive complimentary Primary User RPA membership for one year, airfare and lodging to attend and present their submission at the RPA Learning Center at PACK EXPO 2019, a commemorative trophy, RPA website, public relations, and social media exposure, and posting of their case study on the RPA website. Complete terms and conditions are on the application form.

Prior winners of the RPA Excellence in Reusable Packaging award include DS Smith Plastics and Anheuser-Busch InBev (2018), STIHL Inc. and Goodwill Industries International (2017); Cardinal Health (2016); Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Herman Miller, and the Boulder Valley School District (2015); Svenska Retursystem and Full Belly Farm (2014); Finelite (2013); and Herman Miller Inc. (2012). Their winning case studies can be found at

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