The Dow Chemical Co.’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business received 2015 R&D 100 Awards for two of its packaging technologies. The annual awards celebrate the most significant technology inventions of the past year. R&D Magazine announced the winners in November at an awards dinner in Las Vegas.

Each of Dow’s winning products entered the market in the last year as a market-focused solution to address key customer challenges in a more sustainable way. The two winners are PacXpert packaging technology, a flexible, lightweight alternative to rigid packaging, and the polyethylene (PE) stand-up pouch, which provides packaging for frozen and dried foods. It can be recycled in communities with existing PE film recycling streams and is eligible to use the How2Recycle label, according to the company.

“I am very proud of Dow’s world-class engineers and scientists who developed these products as a direct response to our customers seeking high-performing, more sustainable solutions,” says Diego Donoso, business president for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. “As evidenced by our 2025 Sustainability Goals launched earlier this year, Dow has made a strong commitment to creating more sustainable innovations that not only meet customer needs but also benefit society. It’s an honor to have these important innovations recognized with an R&D 100 Award.”

In total, 21 Dow innovations earned nominations, the greatest number of nominations for any single developer. Seven Dow products received awards.