A corrugated bin for face masks by Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has been awarded a ScanStar in a Nordic packaging design competition organized by the Scandinavian Packaging Association. The mask bin, made of a lightweight and durable corrugated board, helps to collect and dispose of used face masks easily and safely. Metsä Board developed the concept together with packaging design agency Futupack and corrugated board converter Capertum.
The competition jury commented, “A simple but clever solution for a new problem – mask littering. The bin is made from corrugated material and is easy to assemble even without the instructions which have been printed on the bin itself. The lid makes the light packaging more rigid and, if you turn the lid, it closes the package when it is full. Good printing supports the product. The bin is also accessible to those who have disabilities.”
“The Covid-19 pandemic has brought its own challenges to waste management and together with Futupack and Capertum we wanted to develop a solution to this. In our design, we paid special attention to the lightness of the material, its durability and the ease of use and consumer guidance,” said Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services director EMEA and APAC at Metsä Board.
MetsäBoard Pro WKL 160 gram per square meter coated white kraftliner was used as the top liner of the mask bin. The Finnish corrugated board converter Capertum printed the eFlute corrugated board on silkscreen. Thanks to fresh fiber board the waste bin is strong but light, which reduces the carbon footprint.
Metsä Board is a European producer of premium fresh fiber paperboards and a forerunner in sustainability. It produces premium lightweight folding boxboards, food service boards, and white kraft liners for consumer goods packaging as well as retail-ready and food service applications.
Metsä Board works together with its customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibers Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests. The company aims for completely fossil-free mills and raw materials by 2030.
The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters, and merchants. In 2019, the company’s sales totaled EUR 1.9 billion (approximately Rs 16,555 crore), and it has approximately 2,400 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.