Sustainable Product of the Year Award
Through product design or redesign, companies can make substantial triple bottom line improvements for their company and user. Environmental or social impact comes from the use or making of products. The Sustainable Product Award will be given to individuals, teams, or companies for designing, or redesigning, a product with sustainability top of mind.
The sustainable product nominee must demonstrate they achieve one or more of the following results in the manufacturing or the end use of their product:
Increased energy, material, and/or water efficiency
Reduced emissions or waste during use
Reduced embodied energy, which is the total energy used in the making of the product, plus the energy necessary for the product’s lifecycle
Changed the product material to something more sustainable to achieve the same, or better outcome(s)
Source materials from local (or more sustainable) supply chain partners
Extended the product life so it doesn’t have to be repaired or replaced as frequently
Designed for end-of-life or circularity (designed so that the parts and pieces can be repurposed rather than discarded at end of use)
Designed to increase worker and/or community safety and health
Each business and product are different and that creative and unique solutions to developing sustainable products are happening. We encourage any business with a product they consider to be sustainable to apply for this award.
Nominations should include identification, and, if possible, a quantification of direct and indirect benefits outlined above.
*We are now accepting video nominations. This is optional and does not replace the nomination form entirely. Please keep videos to 2 minutes in length and answer the same questions as the nomination form. Please also include any supplemental documentation about the nominee that would be helpful.
To submit the video nomination, please use the award nomination link. Fill out basic information and any relevant questions. There is a place at the end of the nomination form to upload your video or provide a link to your video.
2022 Award Winner:
Green Bay Packaging Container Board Paper
Manufactured at the Green Bay mill, containerboard liner and medium are the components of the corrugate shipping container (box). The use of 100% recycled fiber reduces emissions and waste and extends life expectancy of the paper fiber up to seven times. It also incorporates mixed paper, a underutilized waste stream. Overall the new mill uses 11% less energy avoiding 96,000 CO2e with its new and efficient equipment and was the first ever to achieve net-zero water certification. The circular water system
includes water recycling and reclaimed water use and has reduced impacts and increased water resilience for the mill product, community and the impaired Fox River adjacents to the mill since the miss has no direct river intake or discharge. Green Bay Packaging partnered with Brown County waterwater municipality for reclaimed water and a sustainable storm water design which sends onsite runoff to a regaional retention basin for 80% sediment removal. The advanced technology used to improve the durability of this product and processes allows for additional reuse, safer transportation of goods and an increased number of fiber life cycles.
Past Product Award Winners:
Sustainability is in Sustana's DNA. Sustana believes in responsible manufacturing and being good stewards of the valuable resources that benefit people, drive the economy and belong to everyone. Sustana’s product and the 2021 Sustainable Product of the Year winner, EnviroLife®, reduces waste by diverting used material from landfills for use in new recycled paper products. As a premium recycled fiber, EnviroLife® uses nine times less water to manufacture than virgin pulp. Additionally, EnviroLife® reduces waste by diverting used material from landfills for use in new recycled paper products. Currently, the De Pere facility recirculates the majority of its water and is pursuing a zero water discharge goal and a zero-waste goal by 2022.