Winner
Food packaging
Expandable Eco Street Food Ware
Christine Gamboa and Gaudy Danao III
Project description

Street food is now one of the main attractions for travellers choosing their destinations. People are spending more money on unique food experiences. Recently, street food has greatly contributed to the global tourism economy, but has become one of the most prolific single-use plastic contributors.

The Expandable Eco Street Food Ware is an ecological and economical response to the more expensive and environmentally harmful single-use plastic and Styrofoam containers which are mostly used to serve street food worldwide. This lightweight mono-material container is made with kraft paper, lined with food-grade wax paper to accommodate wet or dry food with rigidity and flexibility. It has a 10-inch diameter, when laid flat as a plate; and can be instinctively folded in many ways to hold various serving sizes.

Taking in different cultural street food influences, the container is ergonomically designed to have different functions ranging from a cone for handheld food to allow the consumer to be on the move, to a plate allowing consumers to sit down, and to enjoy their meal. The Expandable Eco Street Food Ware is also constructed for street food vendors to greatly minimise the space occupied by the container during storage and disposal, taking up less than 0.75 mm thick when folded.

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What the jury members say

Simple, smart and practical design with fun and creativity. A flat paper with different dimensional folds. Very good user experience and truly ecological and economical.
Second place
Food packaging
Bruk
Eric Smith
Project description

Bruk –

Bruk is a sustainable beverage carton designed to be recycled.
When we purchase a beverage carton like those commonly used for milk or juice, we place little consideration into their life after we put them in the recycling bin. Environmentally conscious consumers may think that a paper carton is more sustainable because it uses less plastic than a similar carton made from plastic and they are right to think so. However, due to their construction the common paper beverage carton is surprisingly difficult to recycle. Conventional paper milk cartons are made using paper sandwiched between two thin layers of plastic, in order to recycle them, the paper and plastic must be separated which requires a special process that is both expensive and not widely available. As a result in the USA only 16% of beverage cartons are recycled and only 49% are recycled in the EU.
Bruk is designed to eliminate these problems; when it’s time to recycle it the consumer simply tears bruk in half releasing the HDPE liner so it can be recycled separately from the cardboard. This process is fast simple and fun. We designed bruk to be intuitive and inclusive, easy for everyone regardless of physical ability. Bruk is as convenient and easy to use as a conventional carton, but uses less plastic than a plastic carton and is 100% recyclable with conventional equipment unlike paper cartons.

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What the jury members say

This is a really smart idea. I like that they are trying to solve a real sustainability problem for a huge industry. I think this will be successful because it addresses a material problem that many consumers don't even know exists.
Third place
Cosmetics
Disposable Razor Packaging – Razor Dispenser
Magdalena Schmitz, Sarah Redlich, Mikayla Just and Alejandro Don Flores
Project description

Each year 2 billion disposable razors are used; our aim is to reduce waste by replacing the currently used plastic bag with a smaller multipurpose paper package.
Our razor dispenser is a simple folded box that covers only the heads of the razor. This safely covers the hygienic blades, while allowing to see the colour and handle of the razor. In the store our package hangs horizontally, stacking consecutively on top of each other, requiring little shelf space – still allowing the consumer to view necessary information. We adapted our original 10 razor packaging to hold 5 razors, this decreased the amount of material required. At home the package can be stood on one end and easily opened by the sticker seal and provided perforations turning it into a dispenser. Another option is to hang the package vertically on a small hook, with a perforated hole that was once covered by the sticker seal. The dispenser provides easy accessibility and organization of the razors which helps protect them. This also reduces the chances of the consumer throwing away unused razors because they are dirty or damaged.
This packaging design requires significantly less material, serves a second purpose for consumers, and can be made from FSC certified paper. This keeps the product hygienic by using new paper but also means that the paper being used is from well managed forests and can be recycled.
This package has been developed as a project within the Bachelor studies at Münster School of Design.

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What the jury members say

Smart design with deeper consideration of display, storage and user experience.
Student winner
Wild card
Reload
Hamzeh Za’balawi, Franziska Prior, Marcel Diederich and Oliver Ricker
Project description

‘Reload’ allows the storage and sorting of full and empty batteries in the same package. On the top side of the package, the user can take out the needed amount of batteries and reinsert them on the bottom when they become empty. This eliminates the need for a special box for empty batteries while a red paper strip helps to separate full and empty batteries visually. The concept can apply to different sizes and types of batteries. The package is made completely out of paper to avoid plastics and different material combinations which simplifies the separation of waste and the recycling process.

Battery recycling starts after the consumers, why not with them?

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What the jury members say

Good thinking on separating used and unused batteries. A very good practice of creating conscious of recycling, though “reinsert” & “reload” concept.
Honorary Mention
Food packaging
Project FF
Jasper Chou
Project description

In China ,ketchup always served with individual packages in fast food restaurants, and with those individual packages ,people usually don’t know where to squeeze the ketchup when they eat French fries ,so usually they have to find a clean spot , such as burger’s box or a clean sheet of paper, etc. After that, another problem comes up: those used individual packages causes extra waste.
My design fixed those problems with one single piece of paper , it’s a container which can place ketchup and French fries simultaneously .
I found out that most French fries containers in fast food restaurants uses glue to connect , but I think a “glueless” container will be better.
I created a structure which is solid and easy to assemble .The whole product is connected nothing but only structure .Beyond that ,there is also a space for ketchup ,although this space is constructed with paper structure ,my model is made of cardboard, it was proved that the ketchup would not leak after many experiments. And because there is a space where employees can put ketchup for you, no more individual packages are needed ,further reduce the pollution to the environment.
I have two points of view for this design. On the one hand, it is function. I hope that this design can make users have a better experience when eating French fries. On the other hand, the more important aspect is the structures hope this design will make our earth better tomorrow.

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What the jury members say

I like the simplicity of this design, very basic yet streamlined and very efficient.