This year’s Diamond Award, the highest honor, was awarded to the Fritz™ Water Vest, which allows people in developing countries to carry up to 20 pounds of water easily and safely. Judges felt this is an out-of-the-box solution for a significant global problem and was designed with an overwhelming sense of the greater good. The vest is antimicrobial, ergonomic and reusable.
“The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation demonstrate how creative, committed and agile the packaging industry is in addressing global issues and consumer needs,” said Bernard Rioux, global packaging leader, DuPont Performance Materials. “This year’s winners included solutions for novel food storage, fermenting food products, premium beauty products, new packaging materials to target millennials and more. This competition brings out the very best of everyone in the packaging industry, and we are thrilled to see innovators raising the bar each year.”
Now in its 29th year, the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the industry’s longest running, global, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain and is recognized globally as the leading awards program in the sector. The international competition honors innovations in packaging design, materials, technology and processes. An independent panel of packaging experts evaluated nearly 150 entries from 24 countries and recognized those that excel in the categories of technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience. In addition to the award noted above, the judges awarded five diamond finalist award winners, nine gold winners and six silver winners based on “excellence” in one, two or three categories. Learn more about the awards by following DuPont Packaging on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
Fritz™ Water Vest (Solutions Inc., USA)
Solutions Inc. was named a winner of the 29th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, earning a Diamond Award for the Fritz™ Water Vest, a simple but appropriate packaging solution for water-transport issues in developing countries. In remote areas, accessing drinkable water requires people—most often women and children—to spend many hours a day carrying heavy, unhygienic and non-ergonomic containers on their head and shoulders. This causes significant physical stress on their bodies over time and presents serious risk of water contamination. The Fritz™ Water Vest allows users to carry up to 20 pounds of water safely and hygienically, with the weight evenly distributed across the chest and back. It’s an innovative application of modern packaging technology that solves water-access problems for at-risk populations.
The vest innovatively incorporates relatively new materials to accomplish two key, functional needs. The multi-layer nylon structure provides a robust material suitable for rough terrain and multiple uses in dry and rugged environments. The proprietary lamination uses several layers for functional protection and allows for quick heat sealing during manufacturing. In addition, an additive included in the material inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and odors. Together, these properties provide a robust, hygienic and reusable water-carrying and storage pouch. The Fritz™ Water Vest is an out-of-the-box solution for a significant global problem. (Back to Beginning)