Innovation Award

Recognises organisations for innovative thinking and pioneering solutions to help protect our environment.

This award recognises ground-breaking new environmental technology, design, research or process.

2018 Green Globe Award winner

Plastic Forests: Unique Plastic Film Recycler

Plastic film being recycled by Plastic Forests'Winning an Award is a fantastic acknowledgement of 8 years of ingenuity and hard work by our team, to rescue and repurpose 'unrecyclable' contaminated plastic films from landfill.'

David Hodge, Managing Director, Plastic Forests

Plastic Forests, a family-owned start-up, is tackling a key environmental problem - plastic film waste with over 40,000 tonnes of plastic film disposed of each year in Australia.

Innovation AwardThey have developed an innovative method of dry-cleaning to recycle highly contaminated plastic film and is the first and only company in the world to achieve this commercially. Cleaning without water is a major benefit in a world without enough fresh supplies. This waste plastic is converted into resin and used for building and gardening products.

In the last two years, Plastic Forests has diverted 1354 tonnes of plastic film from landfill. Multinational companies that had no previous alternative for waste are now on their way to being 'zero waste to landfill'.

Finalists

City of Newcastle: Summerhill Solar Farm

Aerial photograph of Summerhill Solar Farm, Newcastle City CouncilCity of Newcastle's progressive approach and sustainability leadership is reflected through projects including the Summerhill Solar Farm which, when completed will help council achieve higher than a 50% renewable energy offset. In the past two years council buildings have been upgraded with energy saving double-glazed windows and LED light replacements. Rooftop solar installations on council properties including sportsgrounds, a library and a museum have generated a combined total of over 205,000kWh annually and saving around 170 tonnes of CO2-emissions.

ClearSky Solar Investments

Solar panels on the roof at Woodhams, WalgettClearSky takes an innovative approach to introducing clean energy to businesses by raising finance to fund rooftop solar installations. This creates profitable investments for up to 20 small investors per project. Over $3 million has been raised for installations on 30 sites nationally, resulting in lower energy costs for businesses and reduced carbon emissions. Innovation also stems from bypassing energy retailers and commercial banks to access funds. ClearSky is sharing its business model to help other community energy groups expand.

Woolpack Australia: Woolcool

Cardboard box lined with Woolcool packing insulationWith increasing concerns about single-use plastic, one answer to the problem of polystyrene packaging is Woolcool. It uses sheep belly wool, normally a waste product destined for landfill. Innovation stems from mimicking the way wool is used in housing insulation and applying it to packaging. Woolcool is recyclable, sustainable, renewable, biodegradable and compostable, and suitable for Australian conditions and supply chains. It also has high thermal qualities, keeping contents packed at 1°C chilled below 5°C for around 24 hours.