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2022 Design Challenge

This year’s Student Design Challenge asks students to design new paperboard packaging and packaging components for an existing product that is currently packaged primarily in plastic.

The 2022 Student Design Challenge Finalists will be named on September 15, 2022 and the winners will be announced at the Paperboard Packaging Council’s Fall Meeting & Leadership Conference from October 26-28, 2022 in Austin, TX. 

The Brief

A box with arrows in light and dark blue and grey to show recycling. Student Design Challenge 2022

Companies are turning to fiber-based packaging to help achieve their sustainability goals and increase their profile with environmentally conscious consumers.

The goal of this year’s challenge is to identify a real product currently on the market that isn’t packaged in paperboard and design a new paper-based solution.

The grocery store is one of the easiest places to think about where you can reduce waste; or perhaps your local restaurant, gas station, or movie theater.

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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