Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B) has been recognized with the PackTheFuture 2014 Award for Sustainable Plastic Packaging for the PackH2O water backpack. The award was presented at Interpack 2014. This product is manufactured by Greif Flexible Products and Services, which is a joint venture of Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B), the world leader in industrial packaging, and National Scientific Company Limited (NSC), a Dabbagh Group company. The PackH2O water backpack was designed by Greif, Inc. to provide a cleaner, safer alternative to the often contaminated jerry cans and buckets used by women in developing countries to carry water from source to home. More than 100,000 PackH2Os have been distributed in more than 25 countries in collaboration with several charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity International as part of the organization’s disaster relief efforts and Partners for Care to improve health outcomes of people living in remote regions of Kenya. Scientifically and field tested, PackH2O is a for-purpose collapsible backpack made from industrial-grade woven polypropylene. The PackH2O water backpack holds 5.3 gallons (20 liters), but is seven times lighter than a jerry can. Other design features include:
- An ergonomic, gender-neutral design with adjustable shoulder straps
- A removable liner that can be sanitized in the sun
- A roll-down closure to reduce contamination and protected spout to keep water clean for drinking
- Affordable pricing to create micro-entrepreneur opportunities for communities in developing countries
The new PackTheFuture Award is based on an initiative of ELIPSO, the French Plastic and Flexible Packaging Association, and IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V. (the German Association for Plastics Packagings and Films). PackTheFuture 2014 was established to recognize and honor the innovative and creative potential of plastic packaging.About Greif Greif is a world leader in industrial packaging products and services. The company produces steel, plastic, fibre, flexible, corrugated, multiwall and reconditioned containers, intermediate bulk containers, containerboard and packaging accessories, and provides blending, filling, packaging and industrial packaging reconditioning services for a wide range of industries. Greif also manages timber properties in North America. The company is strategically positioned in more than 50 countries to serve global as well as regional customers. Additional information is on the company's website at www.greif.com.