Packaging projects developed by students from all over the world can run now for a new category in WPO´s WorldStar Student Award, the Save Food Student Packaging Award. The World Packaging Organization created this new category due to its support to the Save Food Initiative, from Messe Dusseldorf and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization). ‘The idea is to encourage students to develop new solutions on packaging preventing food waste. The project presented can be a new one, that means it does not need to run for a national award previously,’ explained Thomas Schneider, President of WPO. The entries for the WorldStar Student Award and the new category Save Food Student Packaging Award end on November 6. According to WPO´s Sustainability Vice President, Johannes Bergmair, from Austria, ‘Save Food is a topic related to the whole supply chain. And there are many ways and technologies to work on this like logistics, farm to fork transcontinental routings, transit refrigeration, storage conditions, shelf life extension, product handling, and more. Packaging is just one of them and it is the key element that WPO will focus on.’ This new category of WorldStar Student Award will recognise only packaging solutions that could reduce food waste. In general terms, the WorldStar Student Awards is an international packaging design competition for students – undergraduate or graduate – from countries around the world who are involved in projects in the field of packaging – structural design and/or graphic design. To participate in the competition, the packaging project must have won a local award. Further, the packaging project should offer a new solution, irrespective of product, that is innovative, aesthetically appealing, environmentally compliant, easy to manufacture, convenient and relevant, and / or that brings efficiency to the packaging system. The 2015 WorldStar Student Award entries end on November 6 and the Award Ceremony will take place alongside with first WPO Meeting of 2016, in Budapest, Hungary, in May. Entry fee is US $15.00 per project. Judges for the WorldStar Student Awards and the Save Food Packaging Award category will be distinguished packaging professionals from around the world, representing different countries and cultures. Judging is based on: •Degree of Innovation (including conceptual and technical aspect) •Sales appeal/graphics in the target country •Sustainability aspects relative to the target country •Ease of processing/manufacturing •The extent to which a pack is fit for purpose and complies with the functions of packaging •Efficiency to the packaging system •Overall impression. The top three highest scoring entries will be named as WorldStar Student Save Food Packaging Award Winner and will receive a WorldStar Student Save Food Packaging Award Winner Certificate. In 2014 and 2015 the WorldStar Student Award is hosted by ABRE (Brazilian Packaging Association). For more information send an e-mail to email@example.com or call +55 11 3060-5514 or visit www.worldpackaging.org.
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