February 24, 2023 By P&PC Staff
Cascades’ closed corrugated basket for fruits and vegetables was awarded the People’s Choice Award in the Eco-packaging Initiatives category at the DUX 2023 Grand Prix.
Each year, DUX invites the community to vote for a company that stands out in its category as a leader in food. The Eco-packaging Initiatives category recognizes a solution that reduces the impact of packaging on the environment through environmentally responsible practices and life cycle management.
Cascades’ new closed cardboard basket, launched in January 2023, was designed according to recognized eco-design principles, and is part of a circular economy approach, explains the company in a press statement. Made of recycled and recyclable cardboard, it is an alternative to the hard-to-recycle packaging currently on the market. It has been prequalified by How2Recycle as widely recycled in Canada and the United States.
Two Cascades products were among the finalists for the Grand Prix DUX in the eco-friendly packaging initiatives category: the northbox OCEAN and the closed corrugated basket for fresh produce. These two solutions support the achievement of one of the objectives of its fourth Sustainability Action Plan, that 100 percent of its manufactured packaging be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030.
“We are very proud to learn that our eco-design efforts are being recognized by the DUX Grand Prix community. Seeing two Cascades packaging solutions among the finalists and our new closed paperboard basket being recognized as a People’s Choice Award motivates us to continue pushing the limits of innovation for our customers by pursuing our mission: to improve the well-being of people, communities and the planet by providing sustainable and innovative and solutions that create value,” said Mario Plourde, president and CEO of Cascades.
The closed basket also received a Distinction Award in the sustainable design category at the PAC Global Award 2023.
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