Best Product of the Year Award

Category Description

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 2018-21.

Word count: 1500 with 10% allowance.


Judges will be looking for evidence within the application form of the following weighted criteria:

  1. Details of the product innovation, how it was developed, its goals and ethos and how a need was identified for the product; (30%)
  2. Evidence and effectiveness of the product and the verifiable reductions to the environment or positive impacts to society; (35%)
  3. 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%)
  4. The wider potential for scalability and replicability. (20%)

Are we eligible to enter?

Our awards programme is open to all organisations of any kind… companies large and small, charities, not-for-profits, social enterprises, NGOs, membership and accreditation organisations and government departments including local and county councils. We are all about rewarding sustainability practice – in all its forms. So if your organisation is making a difference, directly or indirectly to people and planet, you’re eligible.

We don’t just recognise businesses that are operating responsibly, or supporting / partnering with worthwhile causes. We also actively encourage entries from organisations that have been specifically set up or adapted to offer a product or service that tackles a social or environmental problem.

Our category descriptions and criteria have been written to guide entrants on what content should be detailed in their entries. However, we do not expect square pegs to fit in round holes… Some of your business activities or dedicated programmes might not fit entirely with any one specific category. In these cases, the descriptions and criteria are open to an element of interpretation and rest assured that our judges will still take into account entries that are strongly aligned with the overall context of the category.

If you have any concerns about the suitability of your entry, or would like to discuss your activities in more detail, we are here to help. Give Karen a call on 07813 718541 or email us.