PAST CONTESTS | 2012 | VIRGINIA TECH

VIRGINIA TECH

: Russell Carr, Tyler Matusevich, Michael Clifton, Jonghun Park,


The design process our team used for the repackaging of charcoal began with identifying the issues with the bags currently used to contain the charcoal. The issues we identified included: these bags are heavy, difficult to carry, hard to pour, and that the bags are not easy to open. Based on these issues we designed our package to have solutions for each of these issues. The package includes a handle, a knockout handhold, and a no-mess pour spout which allow for the customer to easily pour out the coal needed to start a campfire. The package has a compact size allowing it to be easily packed in a car along with other camping gear. Finally it features a knockout hole for access to the pour spout that allows for the package to be quickly converted into a tool for adding coals to a fire. The packaging material we used was e-flute corrugated board made of unbleached kraft paper. This kraft paper is made of a combination of virgin and recycled fiber. This material allows for the package to be 100% recyclable. The combination of this unbleached Kraft, and the fact we chose to use a limited amount of graphics gives the package a more natural appearance. The graphics used were also printed using water-based inks in order to reduce environmental impact. Another advantage of the material and the inks we used is that if the customers don’t want to take the box from there camping trip to recycle it; they have the ability to just burn it in their campfire. Finally, the handle is made of polylactic acid which is a bioplastic further reducing the carbon footprint of the box. The overall design allows for easy manufacturing and mass production due to the fact that it is made with one piece of corrugated board. This makes it easy for the manufacture to mass produce our package, and helps reduce production costs.