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Metsä Board reveals Better with Less Design Challenge winners

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Metsä Board reveals Better with Less Design Challenge winners

Better with Less Design Challenge, Finnish paperboard manufacturer Mestä Board’s annual design contest, has named the winners for its 2020 edition.

First place went to Expandable Eco Street Food Ware, created by Philippines-based designers Christine Gamboa and Gaudy Danao III, a 100% paperboard solution that “addresses the growing demand for street-food packaging (and) an alternative to the use of plastic”. The container—which has a diameter of 10 inches when laid flat—can be transformed into a number of different shapes, “from cone to plate” to adapt to different types of foods. Shipped flat, the solution is also a space-saver during transport.

“The winning design is a simple, smart and practical solution offering high variability with minimal material use, reflecting “Better with Less” at its best. It provides a good user experience and is truly environmentally friendly and economical,” comments Ilkka Harju, packaging services director at Metsä Board, chairman of the competition and jury member. 

Second prize was awarded to Bruk, a beverage carton shell by US designer Eric Smith, and third place was given to Razor, a packaging solution that replaces plastic sachets to house razors. 

The internship prize at Metsä Board’s Paperboard and Packaging Excellence Centre was awarded to Hamzeh Za’balawi, Franziska Prior, Marcel Diederich and Oliver Ricker for Reload, their battery-packaging concept.

 

Jasper Chou, designer of a glue-free container to house French fries and ketchup, was given an Honorable Mention.

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