Starpack Schools and Students winners announced

29 Apr 2013

Starpack Schools and Students Awards 2013 were like no other, from the addition of the challenging fashion brief sponsored by Marks & Spencer, that asked entrants to design a wearable item using recycled packaging materials to the The Future of Pizza Packaging. Following hours of deliberation the winners have been announced.

Cherish Coupland from Grantham College scooped the judges gold prize for the new M&S brief with her clever multi-use entry in which she designed small figures of Twiggy (a Marks & Spencer ambassador) that can be used as a label, packaging or accessory. Justus Kantakoski from Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland was chosen as the sponsor’s winner. Trevor Hatchett, Head of GM Packaging at Marks & Spencer said, “It has found a potential end life for one of the more difficult materials... The only student to look at the end of life too’.

In the beverage category, the Tango Fandango brief was sponsored by Britvic Soft Drinks and won by Robert Cooper from Central St Martins with his s bag for the Tango bottle. Judge on the day, Tim Lynch, Packaging Design Consultant at Britvic said, ‘[this entry is] outrageous and fun - and such a simple solution to make the pack standout on shelf’.


‘Some of the work that has gone into the entries is staggering, there are some very clever ideas'- Chris Turner PET Power

Long-time supporter of the Starpack Awards, Mike Baxter from British Polythene Industries, complimented the gold winner of the company’s sponsored brief for new applications and uses for recycled polythene films, Aaron James Percival from Central Bedfordshire College. Mike said ‘it’s a classy design and a practical application with well considered branding’.

The design for The Future of Pizza Packaging, sponsored by Benson Group, captured the imaginations of many, with entries ranging from pizza in a bag to single slice packaging for one portion of pizza. The entrants were to such a high standard that sponsors could not whittle it down to a single winner and awarded both Sue Taylor from University Campus Suffolk and Kayleigh Palmer from East Surrey College for their entries, which challenged packaging currently in the market place.

Starpack invites both judges and sponsors to decide the winners, which often results in debates around the entries, but one that was unanimous was the DS Smith sponsored award in which Daniel Williams from Blackpool and The Fylde College deserved gold. The brief asked for new uses for corrugated board and Daniel’s design used it to create a unique hand-held vase for flowers. The judges praised the innovation and use of corrugated board, and all agreed it was not only well presented, but potentially marketable.

Kristiina Syssoev, from Lahti University of Applied Sciences  gold for the Luxury On The Go brief, sponsored by PET. Chris Turner, Managing Director of PET Power said,  ‘Some of the work that has gone into the entries is staggering, there are some very clever ideas. [Kristiina’s entry is] beautifully designed, meticulously made, compact, and practical.’ Kristiina’s design provides all the travelling necessities, including a sleeping mask, travel pillow, hand cream and wet wipes in a compact box.

This year, Nampak Plastics was tasked with deciding the overall winner. Jamie Tinsley, Commercial Director, came along to judging day to make the difficult decision. He said, ‘Each area has been extremely clever. There are some stand- outs and I have whittled it down to two’. Jamie’s decision will be announced in London at the awards ceremony on 11 July.


Further information

Starpack Schools Award winners 

Starpack Students Award winners