Ecopack Challenge 2022 | Packaging Innovations & Empack


Packaging Innovations & Empack

The future of branded packaging and technology

25 May 10:00 - 17:00 & 26 May 10:00 - 16:00 2022 | Hall 1 NEC Birmingham

In recent years, sustainability has become of paramount importance if we wish to support the health of our world and work toward a greener future for ourselves, and for generations to come.

 The packaging industry has been working hard to reshape operations and #processes in the interest of reducing waste, emissions, pollution, and other issues harming our planet.

 Packaging Innovations & Empack is proud to present The Ecopack Challenge. In association with OPRL, The Ecopack Challenge was conceived with the intention to challenge the packaging industry to place sustainability at the focus of its operations. By cross-pollinating business functions such as technology and design, our goal is to both ignite, and champion change in innovation and production, making actionable solutions accessible for all.  

The Ecopack winner will apply this holistic approach to sustainability for their product; employing objectives and strategies considering multiple issues that consumers and companies are faced with daily, to improve the future of our planet.

 Interested? If your product or service meets the challenge criteria, entries can be from any function of the packaging journey.

 For a chance to be recognised as a gamechanger in sustainable packaging, enter below.

Entry requirements

Entrants should be able to showcase an innovation, solution, or technology which has launched or been developed since 1 January 2021.

They should have the capability to demonstrate the product or its prototypes in use

Entrants should be able to quantify the environmental or sustainability impact of the product or innovation, based on one or more of the criteria below:

    • Reduced weight or reduced use of materials
    • Reduced carbon footprint
    • Reduced use of other resources (e.g., water)
    • Reuse
    • Use of recycled material
    • Use of recyclable material
    • Use of compostable or biodegradable material

Your project launch date must be after 01/01/2021, and prior to 01/02/2023.

How to enter

Follow the link below to submit your application form.

Supporting material

Please provide any supporting material that may help strengthen or clarify your entry to
Plus any larger files to be shared via:
You may include:

  • Further details on how you have measured the sustainability impact
  • Up to three images of the project/pack/product
  • Links to any video or other online resource that may be relevant


Applications open

Applications closed

Finalists selected &
Presentation sessions announced

Winner announced
25 & 26/05/22

Meet the panellists

Jane Bevis

Executive Chair & Director,


Laura Fernandez

Sustainability Manager


Simon Oxley

Global Head of Packaging

Pret a Manger

Paul Jenkins



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