The best aluminium aerosol cans

World Aluminium Aerosol Can Award 2022 awarded design and sustainability.

Published the results of the World Aluminium Aerosol Can Award 2022, the competition sponsored by AEROBAL (the international organization of aluminum aerosol can manufacturers) that honors the world’s most innovative aerosol cans.

Commenting on the results, Gregor Spengler, Secretary General of AEROBAL, mentioned how only the innovative spirit of the members enables them - and their customers-to be at the forefront of developing resource - efficient, consumer-friendly, and attractive packaging that guarantees a future for aluminium aerosol.

As this year’s winner in the category of aluminium aerosol cans already on the market, the jury chose a can manufactured by Trivium Packaging Brazil for Rexona. As the official dance partner of Now United, Rexona’s graphics showcase bright vivid colours. The challenging design required a significant level of hands-on work to ensure the faces were of the highest quality in printing, all while maintaining Rexona’s brand positioning, group approval, and technical feasibility. Rich in details, their faces and bodies are overlaid with colours and graphics, a challenging technical design aspect that required Trivium to capture all the nuances of expressions using 8-color dry-offset technology. The aluminum packaging was launched using an advanced alloy developed by Trivium that contains recycled content and allows light-weighting and contributing to reduced consumption of aluminum with sustainable impacts on the overall supply chain.

In the Prototype category the Jury awarded an innovative packaging solution produced by Ball Aerosol Packaging. The can represents a new era of sustainable packaging since Ball has achieved a 50% reduction in carbon footprint compared to a standard aluminum aerosol can. The “re:gen” can demonstrates what can be achieved when thanks to ReAl®, Ball’s proprietary and patented alloy composition, 50% recycled content and low-carbon primary aluminum sourced from renewable energy sources like hydroelectric power, which generates 75% less CO2e compared to global average for aluminum production, are combined. The cans produced are up to 30% lighter, compared to a standard aluminum aerosol can, while retaining strength, structure and package integrity. The impact of light-weighting is significant; less weight and less raw material means considerably less energy used in production and transportation.

The winner in the Sustainability category was the “AVEO” aluminium aerosol can, which is produced by German can manufacturer Linhardt for the drugstore Müller’s private label brand, made of fully and infinitely recyclable aluminium. Recycling of aluminium consumes only about 5% of the energy needed for the production of primary aluminium. In fact, around 75% of all aluminium ever produced is still in use today. AVEO consist of 100% post-consumer recycled aluminium and thus have a significantly lower carbon footprint than comparable standard cans. The rolled strips for Linhardt’s slugs are cast directly from the molten aluminium scrap eliminating both the energy-consuming second melting process and the transport from the re-melter to the slug producer. The AVEO cans are decorated with mineral-oil free colours, with a possible exception of gold- and silver-coloured decorations. A reasonable combination that further contributes to the can’s overall sustainability.