At the launch of the 2021 Pakman Awards were Minister of State for Public Procurement and eGovernment, Ossian Smyth TD (left) and Repak CEO, Séamus Clancy. For more information and to enter this year’s Pakman Awards, visit (Picture: Naoise Culhane)

The national environmental awards – The Pakman Awards – which launched on Thursday, June 7th honour organisations, businesses, community groups and individuals across Ireland, who demonstrate excellence in recycling and waste management.

New Category 

This year sees the introduction of a new category, the Online Green Packaging Award. This Award is open to producers and retailers of e-commerce packaging, recognising innovation in sustainable packaging with an emphasis on reduce, reuse and recycle.

The significant increase in online shopping as a result of Covid restrictions has given rise to an opportunity for online sellers to produce eco-friendly sustainable packaging that demonstrates CO2  reduction impacts across the supply chain.

Like many businesses and organisations across Ireland, the 2020 Pakman Awards was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but this year will see the return of 12 categories in the National Environmental Awards including the Overall Pakman Award.

This year, category entrants are invited to submit examples of their environmental efforts from the past two years, rather than 12 months.

The 2021 Pakman Awards are now in their 7th year – a Pakman Award is the most prestigious accolade that an organisation, community group or individual can win in Ireland’s environmental sector.

Winners of all categories will be announced at this year’s Pakman Awards on 29th October in The Shelbourne Hotel, subject to government guidelines.

In 2020, Aldi was named the overall winner for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to the Repak Members’ Plastic Pledge objectives, including the removal of 600 tonnes of plastic from its packaging.

The awards are now open for entries. More information can also be found on Pakman Awards on Facebook and @PakmanAwards on Twitter and