Finnish packaging paper and cardboard specialist Metsä Board has invited designers around the world to participate in their global packaging design competition, Better with Less – Design Challenge, to create the zero-waste packaging of the future.

The 2022–2023 edition of the competition received 124 entrants from 27 countries. The competition jury included several renowned packaging design experts, who now have selected the following finalists:

Ana Almeida (Portugal)
Project Name: 444
Description: Reusable & recyclable cosmetic packaging

Tomasz Stachowski (Poland)
Project Name: Art of nature
Description: Biodegradable painting set including easel

Christine Gamboa (Philippines)
Project Name: Kibble Kitt – Cat Food to Cat Care Circular Packaging
Description: Multi use cat food packaging

Marcin Michalski (Poland)
Project name: Cardboard protecting filler; cardboard protection for consumer goods
Description: Cardboard protection for consumer goods

Mine Koca (Turkey)
Project name: F’lover; minimalist flower packaging
Description: Minimalist flower packaging

Kitty Ching (Australia)
Project Name: Kid’s headphones packaging
Description: Reusable headphone packaging

Jakub Konieczny (Poland)
Project name: Piccolo Vigneto
Description: Wine bottle transportation & presentation packaging

Dawid Thiel (Poland)
Project Name: RESHAPE
Description: Multiuse delivery package

Giuseppe Fasano (United Kingdom)
Project Name: Tak Tuk Quattro
Description: Replacement for plastic strapping on delivery packages

Max Gubbins (United Kingdom)
Project Name: Totally Bananas Packaging
Description: Absolutely no packaging

Patrick Walby (Australia)
Project name: Zero Waste Medication Blister Pack
Description: Paper based medication packaging

Bianka Horváth (Hungary)
Project Name: Zöld Óvoda Sprout seed packaging project
Description: Educational seed packaging

The competition’s chairman and the member of the jury, Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director at Metsä Board, summarizes: “I was glad to see how the zero waste challenge inspired competition entrants to consider the package’s entire lifecycle. We received an impressive number of packaging concepts with thoughtful and creative ideas for saving resources and being functional and easy to recycle, and we even got several smart ideas for a purposeful packaging reuse.”

All the shortlisted finalists are featured on the competition website, and there is an opportunity for the public to vote for their favourites. The winners will be announced on 31 January 2023.