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Paperboard Packaging Alliance honors student designers at PACKEXPO in Chicago

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Paperboard Packaging Alliance honors student designers at PACKEXPO in Chicago

November 04, 2014 - 14:46

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 4, 2014 (Press Release) -The Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) announced the winners of its Student Design Challenge at a luncheon on Nov. 3 at PACKEXPO in Chicago.

Teams of student designers from Pratt Institute were awarded first and second place; the Fashion Institute of Technology took home third place. Participating teams were tasked with designing an innovative men's cosmetic gift set package that can also be used as a merchandiser display. All designs can be viewed at

"The 2014 Student Design Challenge winners developed impressive paperboard packaging designs," said American Forest & Paper Association Group Vice President Cathy Foley. "We hope all participating students gained awareness and appreciation of paperboard through the challenge."

"Through this real-life experience and exposure to the versatility of paperboard, we hope the students are encouraged to pursue careers in the paper-based packaging industry," said Paperboard Packaging Council President Ben Markens.

2014 PPA Students Design Challenge Winners

1st Place: Pratt Institute

Team: Elizabeth Taurisani, Paula Ip, Amy Shun Yeh

Professor: Tom Delaney

2nd Place: Pratt Institute

Team: Hsiao-Han Chen, Inyoung Bae, Jia-Ru Lin, Sungmin Kim

Professor: Tom Delaney

3rd Place: Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

Team: Claudia Arisso, Moonhee Cho, Tracy Pellington

Professor: Sandra Krasovec

Winners received a cash prize to share among the team and one of equal value for the school. First place received $5,000, second place received $3,000, and third place received $1,500. Winners were chosen by a team of paperboard packaging industry professionals who rated submissions based on their response to the competition scenario, innovative structural and graphic design, functionality, and quality of the finished product.

For more information about the PPA Student Design Challenge, visit

About the Paperboard Packaging Alliance

The Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) is a joint initiative of the American Forest & Paper Association and the Paperboard Packaging Council. The mission is to promote the benefits of paperboard packaging to influence preference for these materials in packaging design and selection. PPA is a proud supporter of collegiate packaging and design programs across the U.S. and Canada, donating thousands of dollars in scholarships, materials, and classroom resources each year. Alliance membership includes companies representing the full range of mills and converters engaged in the production of paperboard packaging.

About the American Forest & Paper Association

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states.

About the Paperboard Packaging Council

Now in its 85th year, PPC is the leading industry association serving suppliers and converters of all forms of paperboard packaging. PPC works to grow, promote, and protect the paperboard packaging industry while providing its members with resources and tools to compete effectively and successfully in the marketplace.