At the 7th Repak Recycling Awards last week, Microsoft Ireland won the Best Prevention Initiative Award for the re-design of the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac packaging. The Awards serve to recognise and commend both businesses and schools that are exemplars in packaging minimisation, prevention and recycling and that are actively seeking to make a difference to recycling and to the environment in Ireland.
The award, which was presented by Minister for the Environment John Gormley, recognised the project to re-design the packaging for Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac which resulted in the use of less material and the reduction in the weight of the packaging by 70% and the volume by 69%.
The production of these units led to a reduction of 210 tonnes of packaging in 2007, a 320% increase in pallet utilization, resulting in 30% less trucks being needed to deliver the same product.
Other winners at the awards were: