Stora Enso announced that they will stop all production and sales in Russia until further notice due to the ongoing invasion in Ukraine. Stora Enso has three corrugated packaging plants and two wood products sawmills in Russia, employing around 1,100 people. The Company will also stop all export and import to and from Russia. A mitigation plan has been activated to secure availability of input materials from other sources. “The war in Ukraine is unacceptable and we are fully behind all sanctions. We will now focus all our attention on supporting our customers and the well-being of our employees,” says Annica Bresky, President and CEO. Stora Enso’s sales in Russia is approximately 3% of total Group revenues. The impact on Stora Enso’s sales and EBIT is not material.
The Better with Less – Design Challenge 2022 is now open for submissions. The competition invites designers around the world to create the zero-waste packaging of the future and is open for submissions from 1 June to 1 December, 2022.
A world-class jury of renowned package design experts will be looking for lighter, smarter, and circular solutions for some of the most common consumer packages. The competition is organized by a leading European paperboard producer Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group.
“In the future, circular economy will guide all consumption. The need for packaging keeps growing, and we must use design in more innovative ways to respect the resources of our planet,” says the Better with Less – Design Challenge jury chairman Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, EMEA and APAC at Metsä Board. “We are asking competition entrants to acknowledge the package’s entire lifecycle from efficient design to easy recycling and purposeful reuse – producing zero waste. It is huge responsibility, but also a brilliant playground for innovation,” he adds.
The Better with Less – Design Challenge calls for designers to showcase solutions made of recyclable materials from renewable sources and designs that improve the experience while decreasing the use of resources and waste. The competition jury to date includes:
Andrew Gibbs, Founder & Editor in Chief, The Dieline
Brandi Parker, Head of Sustainability, Pearlfisher
Brian Collins, Chief Creative Officer, Collins
Carin Blidholm Svensson, Creative Director & Founder, BVD
Jennifer Patrick, Global Packaging & Brand Director, Patagonia
Sian Sutherland, Co-founder, Plastic Planet
Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, Metsä Board
The jury will award the three best zero waste packaging designs with EUR 10,000, EUR 3,000 and EUR 2,000 prizes. For student participants there will be an additional award – an internship at the company’s Excellence Centre in Finland.
Better with Less – Design Challenge is an initiative to inspire packaging designers all over the world to create packaging solutions that can have a big impact on the world – while reducing the impact of packaging on the environment. The previous Better with Less – Design Challenge inspired entries from 28 countries to contribute their work by showcasing more environmentally-friendly packaging solutions.
more at: https://www.metsagroup.com/metsaboard/news-and-publications/news/2022/3rd-better-with-less–design-challenge-open-for-submissions-with-a-jury-of-renowned-packaging-design-experts/