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Reusable_Logo_award_6_27_12_outArlington, VA – April 30, 2013 The Reusable Packaging Association is accepting submissions for its second annual Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award. The award is designed to recognize companies that have developed, supported, or implemented measurable and innovative reusable solutions in a business-to-business supply chain. Non-members as well as members of the RPA are encouraged to enter. Submissions will be reviewed by an independent committee of judges who are not members of the RPA.

“The strongest submissions in 2012 detailed measurable outcomes that resulted from the application of reusable products and services,” said Jerry Welcome, President of the RPA. “Last year, we had a nice array of submissions from different markets and also from companies outside the US. We strongly encourage end users and suppliers from all industries to enter the competition.”

The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is Aug. 21, 2013. Eli­gi­ble com­pa­nies must have par­tic­i­pated in the reusable pack­ag­ing indus­try as of Sep­tem­ber 1, 2012. Com­pa­nies will be judged on the quan­tifi­able envi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic ben­e­fits of their reusable pack­ag­ing solu­tions and ser­vices. Her­man Miller Inc. won the award in 2012 for its reusable pack­ag­ing ini­tia­tive that is sav­ing the com­pany $46,000 annu­ally in mate­r­ial and labor. You can read their win­ning case study at

“Winning the award gave my team internal recognition for our efforts which is always welcome, and the company as a whole received visibility for our sustainability efforts in the media. All the recognition flowed from materials created by the RPA when we won the award, so we received a lot of value without much work on our part other than creating the submission,” said Cindy Doman, Packaging Engineering, Greenhouse, Herman Miller.

Submission forms are available here RPAAwardSubFormAlt. The award is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Reusable Packaging Machinery Institute (PMMI) and StopWaste.Org. The winner of the award will be announced during PACK EXPO 2013 in Las Vegas.

For more information contact Jerry Welcome ( or call (703) 224-8284.

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