2020 Good Housekeeping Sustainability Awards open for entries

By Deanna Utroske

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This week, the Good Housekeeping Institute began accepting submissions for its now annual awards program. This year the Institute will recognize sustainable packaging innovation in four industries: home care and cleaning, toys, food, and beauty and personal care.

This is the second year of the Good Housekeeping Sustainability Awards. The program launched at the 2018 edition of the Raise The Green Bar Summit (hosted by Good Housekeeping and Made Safe) and honored nearly 15 beauty brands for the sustainable packaging innovations​ at last year’s edition of the summit, as Cosmetics Design reported.

Sustainability awards criteria and judges

Submissions for the 2020 Good Housekeeping Sustainability Awards will be judged for a number of attributes such as packaging material and that material’s origin, the product-to-packaging weight ratio, recyclability, innovation, and compliance with model legislation.

Besides the packaging categories mentioned above (home, toys, food, and beauty), brands and companies can also submit overall sustainability initiatives for an award this year. “These initiatives,” ​explains the awards FAQ page​, “should touch on one or, preferably, on all non-monetary attributes of sustainability, including people, planet and purpose.”

3 outside experts, along with the team at the Good Housekeeping Institute, will judge the entries in all categories. This years judges are TomSzaky, CEO of TerraCycle​; Tom Brown of the sustainability solutions company Brown and Willmanns Environmental; and Pete Keller, Vice President of recycling and sustainability at waste collection and recycling company Republic Services.

Requirements and helpful tips

All product packaging submissions must be available for sale in the US by the end of April. And the Good Housekeeping Institute has put together a short list of packaging materials that are likely to be considered sustainable: aluminum, steel, Polyethylene (PE) as source for flexible film, Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), HDPE & LDPE, glass, and sustainably sourced wood, board, paper, and glassine.

The deadline for 2020 Good Housekeeping Sustainability Awards submissions has been extended from April 30 to now May 15, 2020. Winners will be announced at this year’s Raise The Green Bar Summit in New York City. For more information, click here.



Deanna Utroske is a leading voice in the cosmetics and personal care industry as well as in the indie beauty movement. As Editor of CosmeticsDesign.com, she writes daily news about the business of beauty in the Americas region and regularly produces video interviews with cosmetics, fragrance, personal care, and packaging experts as well as with indie brand founders. Find out what Deanna is seeing in sustainable beauty packaging just now in this recent #duviews video.

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