Sustainable Packaging For Fresh Food [Read more]
Prototyping for a Sustainable Fresh Food Future
Sustainability is one of those topics that has an impact on almost every aspect of our society — and every creative enterprise, including graphic design. Packaging design is a profession that utilises a significant amount of material resources, therefore selecting the best ones to work with is critical. The food industry is among one of the biggest and most wasteful packaging areas. While there are products where it would be impossible to store them without packaging, fruits and vegetables are not amongst them. In reality, they are often over-packaged. These fruit and vegetables have a natural and durable packaging whereby putting them into plastic boxes is unnecessary and serves to appeal to our consumer connivence.
A potential solution to the over-packaging and excessive use of plastic is presented on this page; prototypes of paper-pulp based packages. Fanni's goal was to create a lightweight and rigid package that would allow individual boxes to stack and hold together more firmly, requiring less wrapping in the tertiary packaging level (where boxes are stacked in palettes and bound tightly together using plastic).
The virtual models were created in a three-dimensional visualisation software called Blender, whilst the paper based models were created by hand using card, paper pulps and custom made moulds.
An Evolution of Paper Based Prototypes
Close Ups of The Final Paper Based Prototype
The Virtual Packaging Model (Open)
The Virtual Packaging Model (Stacked)
Fanni's passion for packaging has led her to re-examine the way fresh fruit and vegetables can be stored with reduced damage to the environment through recyclable packaging.
This project aims to explore an ecological solution to replace double plastic vegetables packaging (in this case baby plum tomatoes) in the supermarkets. Using an organic and recycled paper-pulp as the material, an eco friendly and easy to recycle at home packaging was produced. Since the material doesn't use any glue, it biodegrades in soil quicker than other alternatives, it also reduces household waste. By investigating how commercial products can be sold with greater focus on sustainability, Fanni hopes this will develop the skills needed to become a professional Product Designer.
Sustainable Packaging For Fresh Food
In 2020 Fanni's work has been published on an Architecture and Design website called "Octogon" displaying a modernist take on a Travel Chess Set made of paper.
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