The international packaging design competition Better with Less – Design Challenge, organised by Metsä Board was created to find new environmentally-friendly and functional packaging solutions for some of the world’s most frequently used and fastest growing types of consumer packages. The competition was launched in November and by the time it closed at the end of March 2018 there had been an impressive 302 design concepts entered from 38 different countries. The competition jury included several renowned packaging design experts who now have selected the following ten finalists: Janne Asikainen - Koepala Cup Pocket™; Jeroen Caelen - Plastic banning toilet roll; Abdullah Cam - Moisture Face Creme Cosmetic Package; Insik Chung - ECO cake tray; Alessandro Grossi - Playing nature; Gerlinde Gruber - Fune - Sushi take-away; Sī Míng Guì - A scarf which can be turned into a hanger; Yukihiro Hozumi - Paperboard pocket tissue case; Pawel Krawczugo - Twist; Iiro Numminen - Stretching inner part. Click Read More below for additional information.
The number of consumers that order drinking water online is growing, and so is the awareness of the impact that packaging has on the environment. Harrogate, whose water was awarded “Best in Class” by The British Bottlers Institute Tasting Awards, met the new demand by offering a sustainable and convenient packaging alternative for e-commerce.
Harrogate Water was the first UK Company to include a 10L Bag-in-Box packaging to its online portfolio. The company was looking for a larger packaging size format that would satisfy the needs of multi-generational families and be committed to the environment. Harrogate approached DS Smith Rapak interested in a Bag-in-Box packaging system that could meet their current requirements.
DS Smith Rapak provided a 10L version of their customizable Bag-in-Box system model. Bag-in-Box does not need to be lifted in order to pour, which makes it convenient for children and seniors to use, making water accessible to all members of the family. Liquid is poured through the tap on the side of the box either from the kitchen table or directly from the fridge. Bag-in-Box is also a sustainable packaging solution that brings efficiencies throughout all stages of its lifecycle. Due to its square packaging shape, it has unbeatable storage and logistics advantages, which prevents unnecessary journeys, reduces the number of trucks on the road, optimizes costs and reduces carbon emissions. Moreover, it takes up little space in the cupboard and keeps water cooler for longer, which is very practical on hot summer days for picnics and outdoor events.
Harrogate Water Bag-in-Box has quickly become popular in the online channel and is now available through all major e-commerce retailers such as Amazon and Ocado. Moreover, it is also used in a new generation of water coolers designed specifically for Bag-in-Box.
The complete solution is comprised of a cardboard box, Viniflow tap and inner bag. To preserve excellent organoleptic properties of water, Rapak uses a special additive-free barrier bag which keeps the liquid fresh for longer. All materials used are free from phthalates and Bisphenol A.