Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge

The Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge has become a prestigious competition within the flexible packaging industry honoring flexible packaging solutions developed by students. Flexible packaging is used to package a wide variety of items. From retail food to medical and pharmaceutical products, the packaging possibilities are endless. The only limit is imagination!

The Challenge for students is to develop a flexible package solution that addresses a packaging issue, such as consumer convenience or the protection of food.

  • The package should advance the use of flexible packaging;
  • make an improvement over an existing flexible package;
  • convert a non-flexible package into a flexible package; or
  • package a product that is not currently available in flexible packaging.

Students are asked to submit a concept outline which will be evaluated and when approved, students may then send in their package prototype/bench sample. Students may work on the design in conjunction with their packaging schools. FPA members may be available as mentors to students advancing to the flexible packaging prototype/bench sample development round.

Congratulations to the FPA 2019 Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Winners!

1st Place Honors

Combined Facial Mask/Facial Moisturizer  
Maria Brownell and Melea Bruns
University of Wisconsin — Stout 

The Combined Facial Mask/Facial Moisturizer is a triangularly shaped package that contains a facial mask on one side and a facial moisturizer on the other. The package addresses the issue of consumer convenience because the package allows consumers to use the products 3-6 times before discarding. Less waste will accumulate in landfills because consumers can use it multiple times. The consumer can relax knowing that they can buy one package and have two needed products inside.



2nd Place Honors

Car Wash Pods  
Tanay Prabhu
San José State University 

Car Wash Pods are a new and easy way to store car wash soap, replacing rigid bottles which are large and bulky, and consumers have to measure the required amount of soap needed for use. Each Car Wash Pod holds 1 oz. of soap encapsulated in a water-soluble Polyvinyl Acetate film. To use the pods, consumers place a pod in a 5-gallon bucket and fills the bucket with water to dissolve the film. Car Wash Pods are easy to use and provide consumer convenience.



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