Releaf Paper, the world's pioneering producer of paper from fallen leaves, proudly emerged as the winner in the Alternative Materials category at ThePackHub’s inaugural Packaging Startup Awards 2023. This prestigious event, sponsored by Ocado, was held as part of London Packaging Week on Friday, 22nd September.
A distinguished panel of 15 judges, comprising brand owners and retailers with lots of packaging industry expertise, rigorously evaluated the submissions. This year’s competition attracted an impressive 94 entries from around the globe, spread across six categories: alternative materials, connected packaging, increased functionality, online, refill and re-use, waste reduction.
Paul Jenkins, Managing Director of ThePackHub, and Laura Fernandez, Senior Packaging Sustainability Manager at Ocado Retail, had the honour of announcing the winners.
“We are excited to become the winner of The Packaging Startup Award in the category of Alternative Materials. That's a great recognition and yet another proof that we are doing right and useful things each day. Thanks to ThePackHub, all judges and all who supported us. Stay sustainable, stay innovative and never give up!” comments startup CEO and co-founder Alexander Sobolenko.
“Releaf Paper's victory in the Alternative Materials category underscores our status as the first producer worldwide of paper derived from fallen leaves.” says Valentyn Frechka, Releaf Paper CTO and co-founder. “This prestigious accolade recognizes our commitment to revolutionizing packaging materials and our relentless pursuit of sustainable solutions that are reshaping the industry landscape.”