Concept, Design, Prototypes and Photography: Pansy Cheung
Semifinalist in the Adobe Awards Packaging 2015 Competition
There are approximately 50,000 commercial flights around the world every day, about 3 million people travelling daily. Assuming one passenger consumes one sugar packet per hot beverage onflight, that translates to 3 million sugar packets used and disposed of every day and 1,095,000,000 packets or 4,380,000,000 grams of sugar per year.
These biodegradable sugar straws are designed to aid in flight attendant distribution, to provide user convenience, and to address limited airplane storage space. The user can easily rip the tip of the straw and empties the content into their beverage, and can also use the straw as a stir stick. The straw serves as a solution to portion control, spill control, and sanitary use. This multiple functionality works to reduce waste of sugar and packaging resulting from the regular sugar packets that airlines use today. After use, the straws can be collected and stored for compost or recycling disposal upon landing.
With bilingual labels varying depending on airlines and flight destinations, the container is ecologically designed with no glues, has a structure that provides a compact solution for storage in galleys, and has content labeling on the top panel that provides easy identification while stored. The perforated tab allows for easy opening and distribution during beverage service and the interior separator tabs prevents the package from tipping over during air turbulence.
With the emergence of green products such as these biodegradable sugar straws, consumers will have a positive association with an airline company that supports the conservation of the environment.