Aussie students win at WorldStar Student Awards

Above: Sushi Takeaway Packaging receives Australia’s first-ever silver medal overall winner recognition, a gold medal for sustainability, and a silver medal for food packaging

Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) student winners from the Industrial Design School at the University of New South Wales took out four major awards and eight finalist awards in the latest edition of the WorldStar Student awards.

The PIDA Student Awards program is the exclusive entry point for the WorldStar Student Awards for Australia and New Zealand.

The WorldStar Student Awards competition is owned and produced by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and is an international packaging design competition for students – undergraduate or graduate – from countries around the world who are involved in projects in the field of packaging, including structural design and/or graphic design.

The WorldStar Student Awards are designed to encourage and show the talents of students, as well as new and innovative ideas and thinking in the field of packaging.

The latest round of the global WorldStar student awards program saw 253 entries from students in 25 different countries, with 137 entries selected for awards.

Jeremy Marchant was the standout student for 2024 with the innovative Sushi Takeaway Packaging receiving Australia’s first-ever silver medal overall winner recognition, a gold medal for sustainability, and a silver medal for food packaging.

Ziqian (Kevin) Chen was recognised with Australia’s first-ever silver medal for health and personal care packaging for the Railok: Child-Resistant & Accessible Vitamin Bottle.

Above: Railok: Child-Resistant & Accessible Vitamin Bottle

Chen was also recognised with a finalist award for the Railok packaging design and for his second entry Twistin: Sustainable & Reusable Sport Drink Bottle Cap.

Above: Twistin: Sustainable & Reusable Sport Drink Bottle Cap

Five other students were also awarded finalists certificates: Fengyuan Liu for CBox, Amy Feng for Sustainable Tea Packaging System, Jiaying (Nina) Lai for No Lid Paper Cup, Zac Blair for BoxOtape and Zihan (Eleanor) Tang for MeCube.  

Dr Mariano Ramirez, senior lecturer, director of industrial design discipline, School of Built Environment, University of New South Wales said the achievements of UNSW Industrial Design students in the PIDA and Worldstar Student Awards are a testament to the effective synergy between education and industry.

“These accomplishments not only showcase the exceptional talent and dedication of our students but also highlight the transformative impact of the Australian Institute of Packaging in integrating real-world challenges into our academic curriculum. The focus on circular, accessible, and waste-reducing packaging solutions directly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“AIP’s engagement in this process has been instrumental in nurturing a new generation of designers, poised to address the pressing environmental challenges of our time. This collaboration not only propels our students into a global arena where they can contribute meaningfully to sustainable development, but also reinforces UNSW’s commitment to spearheading sustainable design education.”

To see all of the 2024 WorldStar Student Awards here.

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