Emphasis on aluminium at 2021 Student Starpack Awards

Stack of aluminium cans

The 2021 Student Starpack Awards are set to focus on the benefits of using aluminium in packaging after announcing aluminium recycling organisation Alupro as its latest sponsor.

The student design competition, organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and established in 1964, aims to provide a platform for young people to get involved with the UK’s ever-growing packaging industry and come up with creative solutions to consumer design problems.

As part of its sponsorship agreement, Alupro has provided a comprehensive design brief that challenges applicants to design a personal grooming product that highlights the sustainability, recyclability and shelf appeal of aluminium. To help the students in their design process, The Aluminium Federation (ALFED) will provide free bespoke training sessions on the benefits of using aluminium in packaging design.

The winner shall receive a cash prize of £500 and a visit to the Crown Packaging Global Technology and research and development centre in Wantage, Oxfordshire to experience the packaging design and development process.

With increasing pressure from both the government and consumers for products to be recycled as easily as possible, the emphasis on aluminium in 2021’s awards is well timed. Recent Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) data shows that a record amount of aluminium packaging was collected for recycling in in the first half of 2020, 76,933 tonnes compared to 50,744 tonnes in the same period in 2019.

Meanwhile, aluminium recycling rates remain high, with 75 per cent of aluminium cans sold in the UK in 2018 being recycled.

Rick Hindley, Executive Director at Alupro, commented: “Inspiring the next generation and encouraging students to consider roles in the packaging industry is key to the sector’s continued progress. Initiatives like the Starpack Student Awards provide an excellent platform for applicants to really challenge convention and embrace creativity.

“By supporting this year’s competition, we hope to inspire fresh new thinking and help the designers of tomorrow consider the importance of sustainability. We’re looking forward to seeing the responses to our brief and how the applicants use the unique qualities of aluminium to create their designs. I’d like to offer the best of luck to everyone who takes part!”

You can find out more about the Student Starpack Awards on the IOM3 website.

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