|Simon Zhang, Owen Cheung
We experimented with multiple different materials and forms for
the package. Some of these ideas included using materials like
mushroom and agar-based packaging, as well as using something
like a rope to tie the package together. In terms of the shape of
the package, we tried hanging and clustering the bottles in
different orientations. However, in the end, we decided to stick
with a simple paperboard design that would be easy to
manufacture, use, as well as recycle.
Our design starts out as a single rectangular sheet of 0.6 mm
paperboard, a balance between flexibility and strength, which is
then folded once in the center, wrapping around the bottles. We
take advantage of the bottle’s own weight by holding it in place
with frictional force. The package is extremely simple to
manufacture, requires no glue, and is a low-cost and eco-friendly
alternative to competing designs.
For the consumer, the package is simple to understand and use. It
is portable and stackable and can be effortlessly recycled in a
compact form taking up minimal space in the average curbside
recycle bin. A large perforated handle in the design makes
carrying a 6-pack of bottles more comfortable compared to
competing designs. This design also works with all types of 20 FL
Pet Bottles and can be easily modified to fit other sizes.
One thing that we struggled with was in the ideation phase as we
are a team of only two people working remotely across the
country so it was hard to communicate ideas about the design to
each other. Time differences and schedules also made it a little
difficult to work together. If we had more time, we would have
been able to produce more iterations of the design to improve
things such as finding the correct dimensions for the teeth that
hold the top part of the bottle in our design.