Chicago Paper Tube & Can Company, a leading manufacturer of round paperboard packaging, was recognized by the New Jersey Packaging Executives Club with a Sustainability Award. NJPEC honored Chicago Paper Tube’s winning EcoPush package at its 37th Annual Package of the Year Awards Gala on Nov. 19. Packages are judged on design excellence, shelf impact, uniqueness, cost effectiveness and graphic presentation.  
“We were honored to have EcoPush chosen as this year’s NJPEC Sustainability award winner, especially against a selection of very worthy competitors,” says Jonathan Dudlak, Chicago Paper Tube general manager. “Working with paper, we are lucky to have an inherently clean and sustainable medium that we can obtain and convert close to home here in the Midwest, so we feel obligated to find new and innovative ways to use it in sustainable packaging.”
EcoPush is a 100 percent paperboard package made from up to 80 percent recycled materials (60 percent post-consumer content) with absolutely no plastic or metal. The entire package is biodegradable, compostable and simple to recycle without any disassembly of the container. The packaging manufacturer states all of the paper and glues used in its manufacture are FDA compliant, and no solvents or harmful chemicals are used in the process. The only waste product is a small amount of these same materials, which are recycled in return, according to the company.  All raw materials used in the standard EcoPush packaging are sourced from Midwestern American producers and is distributed from its Chicago point of manufacture.  
Available in sizes from 0.3oz to 2oz, EcoPush is ideal for salves, solid perfume, sunscreen, deodorant and lip or whole-body balm. EcoPush can easily be styled with a premium appearance for cosmetic and personal-care products or outfitted with a natural look for organic branding.
The NJPEC competition draws hundreds of packaging submissions from a cross section of industries, including health and beauty, Fragrance, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, entertainment and household. A panel of packaging professionals from the various industries judges each package submission.