FINAT Sustainability Awards

The competition (previously called FINAT Recycling & Sustainability Award) was introduced in 2014 to recognize efforts of the industry in paper and film release liner recycling. In 2021 the competition was renamed into FINAT Sustainability Awards and will concentrate on sustainable practice in the broadest sense. All entries are judged by an independent panel of industry representatives.


Submissions will be accepted until 30 June 2024

Read below how to submit your entries in the four categories!

The FINAT Sustainability Awards have been revamped in 2024!


Awards will be given for the following categories:

  1. Reduction of environmental impact
  2. Optimisation of recycling 
  3. Reuse 
  4. Renewable materials

For each category, a minimum of three entries are required for it to be judged. Only one entry per category will be allowed from any organisation.


See the FINAT Sustainability Awards 2024 Brochure for complete details.

Entries can describe physical products/solutions (e.g. labels, inks, adhesives…), equipment and processes including machinery, as well as services. They should relate to any type of labels and decorations: selfadhesive labels, sleeves, wrap-around, IML, wet-glue, etc. Entries can include commercial products/solutions, processes and services (already available on the market), as well as pre-commercial innovations. Commercial products should have been launched in the last 5 years. Sufficient supporting information to justify potential benefits should be provided for pre-commercial entries to qualify them for entry.

The competition is open to all FINAT members including converters, suppliers and affiliated members. Collaborations with multiple partners are eligible (and encouraged!) when at least one FINAT member is involved.


Submissions will be accepted until 30 June 2024, consisting of a description of the entries in an application document, with the possibility to include additional attachments and links to online content, as well as shipping of physical samples for the jury to assess the entries.

Shortlisted entries will be announced in October 2024.

The award ceremony will take place on 12 November 2024 at the Sustainable Packaging Summit in Amsterdam.


To apply please download the application document and return it filled following the instructions within.

Past Winners

FINAT Sustainability Awards 2022

The Award is aimed at showcasing initiatives from FINAT members, both converters and suppliers, that increase the sustainability of the self-adhesive label industry. Initiatives targetting environmental and social aspects of sustainability were encouraged to apply. Below a video of the winners.


Avery Dennison, The Netherlands

CCL, Germany

2019 Avery Dennison, The Netherlands Announcement
2018 Coveris, United Kingdom Interview
2016 - End-user category Brothers Drinks, United Kingdom
2016 - Label printer category Hagmaier Etiketten & Druck, Germany
2015 - End-user category Bel Leerdammer Cheese, The Netherlands
2015 - Label printer category Helf Etiketten, Austria
2014 - End-user category Unilever, United Kingdom
2014 - Label printer category Hagmaier Etiketten & Druck, Germany