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2023 Student Design Challenge

To continue the goal of increasing sustainability and recyclability, this year's Design Challenge asks students to design new paperboard packaging and packaging components for an existing or original personal care product that is typically packaged primarily in plastic.


The goal of this year’s challenge is to identify a real or original personal care product that isn’t typically packaged in paperboard and design a new paper-based solution.

This challenge calls for an innovative packaging solution that encourages customers to pick sustainable, fiber-based packaging instead of single-use plastic. The new package should also be widely accepted in residential recycling programs.

Why Enter

The PPA Student Design Challenge offers real-world experience for student designers and an opportunity to showcase their talents and innovative skills on a national platform

The top three winning teams can also earn cash prizes and bragging rights. Finalists can also participate in the Paperboard Packaging Council’s annual Fall Meeting & Leadership Conference where they can network with professionals from across the industry.


1st Place

1st Place

$5,500 to the team
$5,000 to the school

2nd Place

2nd Place

$3,300 to the team
$3,000 to the school

3rd Place

3rd Place

$1,650 to the team
$1,500 to the school

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