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 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 based package designs over the past year.

A Plastic Planet (APP) are global pro-social change-makers. Together we have a single goal – to ignite and inspire the world to turn off the plastic tap.  APP work collaboratively with industry, Governments, the UN and legislators to accelerate the pace of change. We want to the dramatically reduce the misuse 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?

Packaging that is 99% free of conventional plastic*, including the glues, labels and inks, qualifies for the Award.

Who Qualifies
Any packaging that is a minimum of 99% conventional plastic free. That includes glues, labels, inks as well as the base materials themselves.

Packaging made from wood, carton board, paper, pulp, glass, metal, grass, algae, seaweed, plant cellulose, agricultural waste and mushroom derivatives and other biomaterials.
All appropriate sustainably certifications must be included (ie FSC, PEFC). Any compostable materials must have relevant compliance certification (ie EN 13432 for Europe, ASTM 6400 USA, 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

For absolute clarity, we call the following three groups ‘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.

1. Fossil Fuel Plastics: This is what we see everywhere – PET, PS, PVC, PP, PE etc. Derived from oil,

2. ‘Sustainable Bio-Plastics’ or ’drop-in bio-plastics’:
This group of ‘bio-plastics’ are derived from plants, frequently sugarcane. Once made into a plastic, these particular bio-plastics’ have the same chemical structure as fossil-fuel plastics and the same indestructible qualities lasting in our environment for centuries. Not to be confused with certified compostable bio-materials.

3. Oxo-biodegradable plastics:
Already banned in many countries, oxo-biodegradable plastics may sound good but are now known to simply degrade down faster to tiny plastic fragments – microplastics. Biodegradable is a very misused and misleading descriptor that is often used to greenwash.


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