Plastic Free Award

The Dieline Awards are proud to partner with A Plastic Planet to launch the world’s first Plastic Free Award for sustainable, biobased, Plastic Free packaging. Together, we want to recognize the innovation and efforts of designers and brands for creating the solutions of tomorrow, today.

A total of 4 winners will be recognised. A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will be awarded. The top scoring project from the Plastic Free category will win the coveted Plastic Free Innovation of the Year Award for its outstanding work and contribution to Plastic Free and Biomaterial based package designs over the past year.

A Plastic Planet (APP) is a grassroots movement launched in January 2017 with a single goal – to turn off the plastic tap. Together, we want to ignite and inspire the world to turn off the plastic tap. We want to dramatically reduce the use of plastic; especially that used to package food and drink.

Who evaluates the Plastic Free Award?

All packaging entered into the Plastic Free Category will carefully evaluated by A Plastic Planet’s Plastic Free Panel of world experts in all packaging materials.


What Materials Qualify for the Plastic Free Award?


Bio-materials are the future. Exciting new and old materials include wood pulp, plant cellulose, food waste, grass, algae, and mushrooms. These materials can be made into trays, punnets and clear, flexible films that look and behave like conventional plastic, but with two key differences: At the start of their lives, these materials can be sustainably sourced ideally in full or in part. At the end of their lives, they can be composted into bio-mass to regenerate depleted farming soils.

We support all compostables that comply with the necessary compliance ie EN 13432 or OK Home Compostable.



Metal, paper, carton board and glass are also plastic free. Aluminium, tin and glass can be recycled in an infinite loop. Paper, sustainably sourced through FSC™ or PEFC™ certification, can also be recycled and is one of the most all around versatile packaging materials. Steel and tin plate cans are of course free of plastic, but often have plastic linings.


What Materials Do Not Qualify?

Conventional Plastics + “Drop In” Bioplastics

Conventional plastic is what we see everywhere – PET, PS, PVC, PP, PE etc. The vast majority is derived from unsustainable fossil fuel sources, although conventional plastic can now also be manufactured from plants to produce a product with the same chemical structure, and critically, the same indestructible qualities. Plant-derived conventional plastic is sometimes called “bio-plastic” or “drop in bio-plastic”. Similarly ‘oxo-biodegradable’ plastics may sound good but are now known to simply degrade down to tiny plastic fragments. For absolute clarity, we call all three of these kind of plastics Conventional Plastic as they all take hundreds of years to break down into micro-plastics and nano-plastics that are damaging our marine life and polluting our planet at an unprecedented rate.


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