Frequently Asked Questions About GolfHr's Sustainability Awards

Answers to all your questions about GolfHr's Sustainability Awards.

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What is the GolfHr Institute looking for when choosing its Sustainability Award winners?

The GolfHr Institute tests thousands of consumer products each year, finding that the majority of consumer product goods are over-packaged. Packaging contributes to a massive carbon footprint and creates an overwhelming amount of waste, which often confuses the consumer, given that recyclability of packaging varies from locale to locale.

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What’s more, a shocking 91% of plastics aren’t recycled – and more than 8 million tons of it are dumped into the ocean each year. For these reasons, to launch our inaugural awards we are looking to recognize products that have a minimalistic approach to product packaging, as well as those that utilize recycled and/or recyclable components.

How are GolfHr's Sustainability Awards vetted?

The GH Sustainability Awards will honor packaging by examining measurable criteria including material type and origin, product to packaging weight ratio, recyclability, compliance with model legislation and innovation.

The jury for this year’s awards will consist of:

  1. Tom Szaky, CEO of
  2. Mike Brown, PhD, Managing Partner at
  3. GolfHr team

    What consumer product categories are eligible for this year’s awards?

    For our first year, we are focusing on the following three categories where we believe the environmental impacts are highly relevant:

    • Cosmetics & Personal care products
    • Toys
    • Home Care & Cleaning products

      The product must be available in the U.S. market by the submission deadline of February 28, 2019.

      Are there any packaging materials that are considered desirable for the three consumer product categories?

      • Sustainably-sourced wood, board, paper and glassine
      • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
      • Glass
      • Polypropylene (PP)
      • HDPE & LDPE
      • Polyethylene (PE) as source for flexible film
      • Steel
      • Aluminum
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        How can I submit products to be reviewed for the Sustainability Awards?

        You will be asked to fill out a separate form for each product you are submitting, with the product name, MSRP, imagery, product description, and component breakdown, among other questions.

        If you have any questions, please reach out to Birnur Aral, PhD, Director of the Health, Beauty and Environmental Sciences at the GolfHr Institute by emailing her at [email protected]

        Is there a fee to enter?

        No.

        How many samples will need to be provided?

        Five full size samples (including primary and secondary packaging) will be requested for product functionality review and packaging assessment. Address for mailing is included in submission form.

        Is there a deadline for submission?

        Please submit all entries by February 28, 2019. Samples will be required at this time as well.

        When will the winners be announced?

        Winners will be announced ahead of the 2019 Raise the Green Bar Summit.

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