This award is aimed at an innovative product (or range of products) whose design and innovation serves a sustainable, social and/or environmental purpose. All phases of the lifecycle of the innovative product (from conception, pre-production, production, distribution, usage, after usage) should be taken into account. Information about special materials as well as information about the production conditions will be considered. Extra weight will be given to those demonstrating true sustainable innovation in how they produced their product.
The award will recognise organisations that push the boundaries in an effort to create an innovative product that delivers:- an environmentally friendly alternative to an existing potentially polluting product, an innovative product with a social purpose, or any other product that demonstrates purpose driven sustainability. The judges will give extra credit for evidence of positive, value adding results that make innovative use of otherwise wasted resources, or the use of a previously regarded waste product into a new useful product.
Initiatives will also be rewarded for addressing energy, water and general ecological footprinting as well as wider concerns around food, waste and social inequality.
The judges will specifically be looking for evidence of: verifiable environmental and/or social impacts that your product made compared to its predecessor where there is one (whether they be measured in environmental reductions, cost savings or general social impact on the community served); the use of awareness raising to promote the product and encourage it’s use in the relevant industry sectors; whether the product is scalable and replicable where focused on a social purpose; and whether the product is one of a number of products or activities by the organisation to reduce overall environmental impacts or increase social impact.
Products or proto-types will have been launched between 2015-2018.
Judges will be looking for evidence within the application form of the following weighted criteria:
- Details of the product innovation, how it was developed, its goals and ethos and how a need was identified for the product; (30%)
- Evidence and effectiveness of the product and the verifiable reductions to the environment or positive impacts to society; (35%)
- Awareness raising to promote and support the environmental and/or social benefits of the product incl. market reaction, public and sector engagement, industry awards won, press coverage gained; (15%)
- The wider potential for scalability and replicability. (20%)