Vest for safer water transport wins DuPont packaging awards

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DuPont has announced its 2017 winners of the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, with the highest honor 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 the design was 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.

Designed by several packaging experts joining together and distributed as a non-profit, the design was conceived to enable people in disaster areas, or where water is not easily available, to transport water.

Typically these people have to carry water on their heads, stressing their bodies on a daily basis, so the designers set about designing a packaging solution to help.

“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.”

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.

To view all the winners, click here.

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