April 15, 2024

deSter host Packathon sustainable packaging competition

The first Packathon, an event aimed at revolutionising food packaging, was organised by deSter and its final was held on February 27 in Hoogstraten, Belgium. The event brought together sustainable thinkers and creative minds from a range of disciplines.

Switching from disposable to reusable packaging is not only about product design. It requires a holistic approach with a response to collection, reverse logistics and encouraging people.

Packathon participants were asked by deSter to submit an innovative idea that would meet these requirements for food packaging in one or more of the following segments: events, take-out, home delivery and retail.

Each idea was assessed for desirability, feasibility and viability. The winners were presented with cash prizes.

Anyone interested in a more sustainable future could participate, whether subject matter experts, students or visionary business people.

On February 27, deSter invited the teams behind the five best ideas to its office in Hoogstraten, Belgium. The event allowed finalists to work with expert designers, product managers and engineers to refine, develop and prototype their ideas.

Each team presented its proposals to a jury and presentations were followed by a question and answer session. That was followed by constructive feedback and a networking event. The winners were Tobías van Oudheusden and Seppe De Poorter from the University of Antwerp, who came up with the reusable RestoBox concept.

WasteWise, a sustainable packaging concept developed by the University of Antwerp’s Alex Blyweert, Azira Deryckere and Eline Praille was the runner-up. In third place, EcoMarkt was a concept from the University of Antwerp’s Borre Van Herck and Casper Oeyen.