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 June 1, 2022, to December 1, 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 (Jury photos):

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 3 best zero-waste packaging designs with 10 000 €, 3,000 € and 2,000 € prizes. For student participants, there will be an additional award - an internship at the company’s Excellence Center 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.

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