Up to 91% of plastic isn't recycled, and 60-80% of the world's waste is composed by plastic debris. Single-use items make up 89% of plastic litter identified on the floor of the ocean, and by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Food packaging is a main culprit of plastic pollution.

We believe it's time for innovation in food packaging. XPRIZE is designing a new prize competition that will drive breakthrough concepts towards new methods and materials for food packaging.

Join the community to support this effort, or click here to learn more about the prize design first.

About the Innovations in Food Packaging Prize Design

NickAzerNickAzer Portland, OR, USAPosts: 162 admin
The Innovations in Food Packaging Prize Design is an ambitious initiative that aims to drive breakthrough concepts towards new methods and materials for food packaging.

This project uses multiple methodologies to assess the current landscape in order to ensure we design an Innovations in Food Packaging prize that can create transformative, but scalable new concepts for food packaging.

The final product of this process of researching and discussions, the Prize Design, will provide the outline of what the winning team must accomplish to be awarded the prize.

Join this online community of experts to get involved, and share your wisdom with the crowd!

The Challenge

Up to 91% of plastic isn't recycled, and 60-80% of the world's waste is composed by plastic debris. Single-use items make up 89% of plastic litter identified on the floor of the ocean, and by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Food packaging is a main culprit of plastic pollution.

We believe it’s time for innovation in food packaging. There are many new materials and processes in the world today for reducing the environmental and other impacts of packaging, whether its preventing the pollution of our oceans or making products more biodegradable as a whole.

How can transformative, but scalable new concepts for food packaging be designed and implemented?

The Goal

We are designing an XPRIZE that will seek to drive breakthrough concepts towards new methods and materials for food packaging.

The Prize Design will provide the outline of what the winning team must accomplish to be awarded the prize and define the parameters of the XPRIZE competition. It is audacious, yet achievable.

Your Role

The community is currently debating the challenges and opportunities associated with creating innovative food packaging.

We invite you to join us and other experts from around the world to share your wisdom with the crowd and advise us on the design of this XPRIZE Innovations in Food Packaging Prize Design!

What’s in it for you

We know your time is precious, and we appreciate your participation and input.

None of the other benefits below come close to the reward of knowing that you contributed to a truly transformative breakthrough.

We will regularly announce the most prolific community members to recognize their contributions. Participation allows you to:
  • Network with diverse stakeholders;
  • Brainstorm with top experts;
  • Promote your work;
  • Earn rewards, such as online gift cards.

Monthly rewards for the best contributors and excellence in the community will be announced at the end of each month.

XPRIZE team

This Prize Design is led by @Caroline, @BryanNamba, @Eti, and @nmgraham. @NickAzer manages the online community.

Need help?

If you have questions or need help, leave a comment here or contact the community manager, Nick Azer, via [email protected] We look forward to engaging with you here on this exciting project!

Comments

  • LHansonLHanson Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Posts: 1
    Are Canadians eligible for the prizes?
  • nmgrahamnmgraham Posts: 18 XPRIZE
    Hi @LHanson ! Since we are just beginning the prize design, we do not have that information. However, XPRIZE competitions are usually held at the global level, meaning anyone with a good idea can be a competitor!
  • UtobouUtobou JapanPosts: 8 ✭✭
    Hi team! I have a question.
    Where should be the problem, or the target of this prize, of plastic food packaging? Is the problem "using", "discarding", "not being fully recycled", "improperly processed after discarding", or all of above? Plastic itself is used not only in food packaging, but in all kinds of everyday items. So I think that if we want a scalable solution on this issue, we should also focus on "post-use" problems together with plastic alternatives. Of course, I fully understand that it must be great to have a solution of non-plastic alternative food packages, which would wipe out ALL plastic food packages from all countries in the globe.
  • nmgrahamnmgraham Posts: 18 XPRIZE
    @Utobou , at this early stage we are definitely considering *all* phases of the plastic food packaging lifecycle, therefore we welcome any and all comments/resources/references etc! Once we have a more narrow scope we will definitely inform the community via new Key Issue discussions.
  • ThankuThanku Posts: 16 ✭✭
    Hi. I wasn't sure if this was the appropriate place to post this link, but came across this piece and it seemed relevant to this prize: https://www.fastcompany.com/90522466/banana-leaf-packaging-and-pineapple-powder-how-dole-plans-to-eliminate-food-waste-by-2025
  • nmgrahamnmgraham Posts: 18 XPRIZE
    @thanku thanks for the reference!
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