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Good things come in Finn packages

A recyclable pouch made of Paptic’s plastic alternative was one of the Finnish winners.


The World Packaging Organisation has recognised a number of Finnish companies with its coveted Worldstar awards.

The WorldStar awards are presented solely to those packaging solutions that have previously been awarded in a recognised national or regional competition. This year, the awards attracted a total of 488 entries from 41 countries worldwide.

The winning Finnish contingent included a novel recyclable plastic-free pouch. The wood fibre-based packaging solution was created from Paptic’s renewable material, enabling Puukin Tila, a Finnish farm, to replace plastic in its onion packaging.

Stora Enso’s sustainable and environmentally friendly solution was a perfect fit for Ainoa’s wines.

Stora Enso

“We wanted to make a difference and pack our locally produced onions in a sustainable way,” said Petri Puukki, owner of Puukin Tila. “The material selection keeps the onions fresh for longer and the new packaging also looks fresh!”

Stora Enso Packaging, meanwhile, was recognised twice at the awards. Firstly, for its transport and display packaging for cut flowers, which is made from 97 per cent renewable and recyclable materials. The second gong it received was for its similarly environmentally friendly gift packaging solution for local vineyard Ainoa Winery, itself renowned for its award-winning berry wines.

Pyroll Packaging and PackageMedia’s work formed part of the Danish-Swedish dairy brand Arla’s campaign that created yogurt cup lids made from consumers’ own designs.


Elsewhere, Pyroll Packaging’s work with fellow Finns PackageMedia in creating an interactive way to use the paper-based lids of yogurt containers dazzled the judges.

DS Smith’s Finnish subsidiary, DS Smith Finland, was awarded for its solution for local company Temal: a mono-material solution made of 100 per cent renewable sources. Finally, a corrosion prevention box from Boxon in Finland won plaudits for its material inserts that help to protect electronic components.

By: James O’Sullivan