Prize Media Kit

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March 29, 2022 – The TOM FORD Plastic Innovation Prize is the only global competition focused exclusively on creating scalable and biologically degradable alternatives to thin-film plastic polybags. Learn more about the selected finalists, whose innovations underwent rigorous review by the Scientific & Technical Advisory Board and Prize Judging Panel, and were selected from amongst 64 applications from 26 countries and 6 continents



“What we accomplish together through this competition will catalyze global change across continents, countries and industries, which is urgently needed to address plastic pollution,” said Tom Ford. “If the ocean is polluted and in danger, then so is the planet and so are we. The impact these brilliant minds and their creations will have on our planet is monumental, bringing us their innovative solutions to making the environment a safer place for generations to come.”

“The ambition of this Prize is unparalleled, and is poised to claim the largest commercial shift away from non-recyclable thin-film plastic,” said Dr. Ives. “We’ve long believed that the solutions to the plastic waste crisis exist, and by working together we can ensure a future free from plastic in the ocean.”

“When it comes to protecting the future of sport and the future of our planet, Nike is about innovating, creating and scaling solutions,” said Liz Rodgers, VP of Sustainable Product for Nike. “By joining the TOM FORD Plastic Innovation Prize as the sponsor of the material testing track and part of the early adopter coalition, we are committing to accelerating the creation and adoption of material solutions that solve the issue of thin-film plastic waste. We are proud to work alongside this group of incredible innovators, brands and organizations that share in our ambition to raise the bar for sustainability.”

“J.Crew is honored to join the TOM FORD Plastic Innovation Prize early adopter coalition,” says Liz Hershfield, SVP Sustainability at J.Crew Group. “As J.Crew continues to realize its people and planet goals, we are thrilled to be part of this innovative group advancing solutions to one of the biggest threats facing our oceans. We’re excited for what’s to come and the continued cutting-edge thinking.”

“Over 900 species of marine animals are known to have ingested plastic, and this number continues to grow. Ingestion is fatal nearly 25% of the time for whales,” said Dr. Erin Meyer of the Seattle Aquarium. “By modeling what might happen if these alternative materials were to be ingested by a gray whale, we can begin to understand whether these mammals will face the same fate if they ingest these new materials.”


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