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The Global Good Awards celebrates organisations and initiatives, of all shapes and sizes, that are working to create a better world: making positive social and environmental change, whilst also driving growth in the global economy.
This year we saw an exceptional amount of entries that showed massive potential across so many areas of sustainability and social impact, but were still relatively young projects, and didn’t have the necessary measured impact to meet the full criteria.
We are sure that we’ll be seeing them again in the not-too-distant future – which is why they are our ‘ones to watch’!
These entries are each tackling an everyday problem which affects us all (often without us even knowing). They’re using innovation and collaboration to try and have a real and enduring positive impact on the environment; starting with the products we consume….
Environmental Behaviour Change is often a difficult category to judge because of how hard it can be to measure effectiveness. DoNation stood out to us as a ‘one to watch’ because of its ambitions to effect positive behaviour change across a wide range of sectors, among individual users, across business and through communities.
On the website you can either make a personal pledge, or start a campaign of your own, to raise pledges from friends, family and colleagues. The judges admired how this range of pledge options means the campaign can work for anyone and everyone. It’s a cost and time-effective platform for small to large businesses. Encouraging action to take place on a grassroots level, not top down.
In theory, this approach makes the project highly scale-able, and is only limited by the range and number of pledges that can be offered. If DoNation can get the word out and grow their participation they are on to a winner.
The world is waking up to the importance of reducing waste such as disposable plastics, and this year’s Best Eco-Products category was jam-packed with innovative and creative solutions to tackle this issue. The judges were really impressed by newcomer Delipac, a sustainable, fully recyclable and degradable packaging board for food & drink.
No one can deny that there’s a clear need for this product, and with a strong focus across all the potential uses for the innovation, the company has amassed a huge list of solid accreditation.
This entry stood out to us not just for the product development, but also for the progress made in getting it to market, where it’s needed most. They’re putting in the groundwork to get the word out, and once they’ve got reports and industry feedback, we think they’ll be in with a really good chance of revolutionising the food and drinks industry.
Another standout in the Best Eco-Products category was the Enviro-Cup, a reusable stainless-steel cup, which aims to significantly reduce single use plastic at the thousands of events that take place in the U.K. every year.
While it’s a relatively new product, the team thought big for their launch. Testing it at at a festival as big and prestigious as Glastonbury got the message out and demonstrated the project’s commitment to their clear and important mission. We love the concept, and think it has huge potential, especially if partnered with the right festivals and events.
From food and drinks packaging to household products, Delphis Eco’s PCR Bottle is another exciting and world leading ‘one to watch’ in the Best Eco-Products category. Made in collaboration with customers, recyclers, bottle blowers and waste collectors, this was the world’s first 100% PCR plastic bottle and the judges were keen to state that Delphis Eco should be roundly applauded for their dedication and tenacity in making this a reality.
There’s tonnes of potential environmental benefits – saving CO2 from using recycled plastic, reducing the use of the fossil fuel base stock, and the reduction of plastic going to landfill/sea/rivers (to name a few) – and we think this is just the start of this very important journey. The potential to transform the lifecycle of plastics is admirable, but pursuing a closed loop recycled bottle to be combined with eco friendly products… That’s game changing. Watch this space for Delphis Eco reappearing at next year’s awards.
Interesting in entering the Global Good Awards in 2019?
It’s not too early to register your interest in entering for 2019. Entries open on 1st December but if you’re registered with us, we can update you on categories, criteria and dates.
Anyone wishing to be part of the Global Good revolution and this unique awards programme can contact Founder, Karen Sutton: karen@GlobalGoodAwards.co.uk