The new edition of Better with Less - Design Challenge 2019-2020, the international packaging design competition organised by Metsä Board, has challenged designers to create more environmentally-friendly solutions for some of the most frequently used consumer packaging.

Onlineworld epack, Elisabeth Wittauer (Austria)

Onlineworld epack, Elisabeth Wittauer (Austria)

This year’s competition received 146 entrants from 28 countries, and the ten finalists were recently announced:

- Onlineworld epack, Elisabeth Wittauer (Austria)
- Preject FF, Jasper Chou (China)
- Disposable razor packaging, Magdalena Schmitz (Germany)
- Reload, Hamzeh Za’balawi (Germany)
- Twist pop and host, Alessandro Grossi (Italy)
- Cosmos, Pricila Rios Salas (Mexico)
- Crayon house, Silvana Ruiz (Mexico)
- Expandable eco street food package, Christine Gamboa, (Philippines)
- Cradle box, Anna Nowak (Poland)
- Bruk, Eric Smith (United States)

For this edition, sustainability and the dual role of packaging played an especially strong role among the participating designs. Several of the proposed solutions reflect a shift in consumer trends from plastic towards more sustainable packaging materials. For instance, in several designs, the packaging has a dual role, becoming part of the product when using it, which further strengthens its circularity.

Disposable razor packaging, Magdalena Schmitz (Germany)

Disposable razor packaging, Magdalena Schmitz (Germany)

All the ten finalists are featured on the competition website, betterwithless.org.

The winners will be announced in March 2020.