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Sustainable takeaway packaging


Every year NSW generates 8000 tonnes of plastic take away waste. Every year we waste around 7.6 million tonnes of food across the supply and consumption chain in Australia. Every year no states or territories across Australia has taken action. I am designing biodegradable takeaway packaging made from fruit and vegetable skins to help solve the amount of fruit waste and packaging waste in landfills. I seek assistance from industry professionals to help source a pressure heat mould and different moulding techniques? 

What do you think?

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UpRising @ 2022.05.17 8:10 AM

Wow this is a great idea Sophieh

So much food wastage - so much opportunity. 

Let's do this. 

Leah @ 2022.05.17 8:10 AM

Hi Sophie, this seems like a fabulous idea! Check out precious plastics They do some pretty similar work! 

Madeline Cunningham @ 2022.05.20 8:10 AM

Hi Sophie

Good Edi have created an innovative solution of a edible cup that is waste-free. The cups are a healthy snack, plastic and paper-free, and if they end up in the bin they break down naturally in less than two weeks.

Get in contact with the Good Edi Founders who will be able to help you.  

Check out this info & resources:

I look forward to learning of your progress.

Maddie :)

Black Lab Design @ 2022.05.20 8:10 AM

Hi Sophie,

Black Lab Design here! We are a Sydney based design and manufacturing company, with an office and factory on the Northern Beaches. We have a wealth of industrial design and engineering experience under our roof so we hope we can help you in some way on this fantastic idea!

Looks like a very intelligent waste solution you've thought up here - we've got a few comments to steer you in the right direction:

Don't get stuck with the Pressure/Heat moulding yet. First do some experiments with your material: Use your own kitchen waste. We can give you 2 flat plates of metal to put in a vice in your garage or school tech classroom to squish the water out of the material and let it dry. 

- Other than getting something that looks/behaves like cardboard you will need to play around with things like odour, sanitisation, wax coating and ensuring bugs and mould don't grow on it.

- Once past this, I suggest you start at the supply side of your system (where do i get high volumes of raw orange peels? It would be good to hit up a juicing franchise as they will be both the material supplier and your customer for the packaging! After you get to this stage the production side is easy which we can guide you through.

Keep us posted on how you're going and don't be afraid to reach out for help!

Thanks. Black Lab Design

Circular Economy Pioneers Australia - Chelsea McLean @ 2022.05.25 8:10 AM

Hi Sophie,

Congratulations on your great idea to 'close resource loops' with a material that can be returned to the earth!

Your concept fits perfectly within a circular economy where the three principles are to:

1. Design out waste and pollution.

2. Keep valuable materials in use.

3. Regenerate natural systems.

I'm so pleased you've had some comments to help answer your question here. If you get stuck, please send me an email and I will see who I can find to help you in the Australian Circular Economy Hub (ACE Hub) circular economy community. My email is

Warm regards,

Chelsea McLean

UpRising @ 2022.06.12 8:10 AM

Good afternoon SophieH- Big Good News For you!

UpRising - People's Choice Award - Supporting young designs - Voted by the people (Anyone) 

UpRising exists to support the 4000 HSC design students across NSW, beyond gender, beyond postcode. The critical time for these students and the development of their major design projects is between Term 2 and 3. That’s why UpRising & iTE are excited to announce a targeted hit of help for you over the next few weeks.

People’s Choice - a simple and effective way of getting more communities engaged in supporting the grassroots of innovation and helping you - our creative designers with their major design projects (MDPs). 

All you need to do is to get as many of your friends and community to hit the ‘Like’ button on your post and at the end of this month (Thursday JUNE 30th 5pm) we will count the number of ‘Likes’ on each post. Top 3 ‘liked’ projects will gain critical seed funding to spend on their MDP. Highest number of likes, awarded $300, Second $200, Third $100. 

Design student’s get sharing your projects on your socials, teachers it’s not too late to get some of your MDP students signed up and collaborating with industries. Businesses wanting to build talent pathways - simple, click to join the UpRising.

N:B Likes do not represent success from a NESA perspective and those who are successful in gaining seed funding may need to acknowledge this contribution in their finance plans of their MDP.

TIme starts now - rock on designers.

UpRising @ 2022.06.20 9:40 AM

Good afternoon Sophieh, hope you are well. Came across this great company working with sustainable cups,  delicious....

Check out their functional criteria. 


IdeaSpies @ 2022.06.20 11:13 AM

More ideas when you search coffee cups on IdeaSpies...

UpRising @ 2022.06.28 2:18 PM

Good evening UpRising Designer

Two Days left before we close UpRising’s ‘People's Choice Seed Funding Award’. 

A few weeks ago, I thought, let’s shake things up and get you the help you need now…enter People's Choice Award..I thought we would get maybe 10 or 20 hits. 

No, you guys went ballistic! Over 5000 ‘Likes’ from all over NSW, some of you have even made the local newspaper!!! 

However, what is going to happen next is even better. 

This Thursday afternoon, 30th June, 5pm I will be announcing the 3 People’s Choice Award winners and how your seed funding $$$ will be transferred to you. I will also give you all a sneak peek at what this next level is all about, think, Australia's biggest most prestigious design event of the year..


Please jump into the zoom, Thursday, ask any questions about UpRising and let me know how we can make it even better for you.  

Join Zoom Meeting 5pm 30/6/22

Rock on Designers!


UpRising / Richard Hainsworth

Topic: UpRising People's Choice Awards + ...?

Time: Jun 30, 2022 05:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

UpRising @ 2022.07.22 2:02 AM

Good morning UpRising Designers- Congratulations on all the hard work you have done with your MDP, your projects are looking amazing. Some big news to help you get the rest of the way. 

Alliance members will soon be voting on three projects that really resonate with them. There is no set criteria. I will simply ask them to consider all of the projects regardless of the number of likes the project has received and vote for a project that they consider important. 

Last month Good Design Australia joined UpRising and I am very excited to announce that this year’s top three UpRising design students will be invited to attend the Good Design Awards ceremony in September, held at the ICC. 

Alliance members will be asked to nominate their top three projects, awarding 3 points for a design project that resonates with them the most, two points for the next, 1 point for a third project. Points will be tallied and the three students with the highest points invited to attend this year’s Good Design Awards Ceremony.

I ask that before the 30th July you update your post with an image that combines a picture of your early prototype with an image of your finished projects. 

Voting opens Monday 1st August                 

Voting closes Friday 19th August  

Friday 26th August  3 Recipients announced via zoom 

Friday 2nd September Recipients RSVP closes 

Friday 16 September 2022 Good Design Awards Ceremony

On Friday 26th August 4pm I will announce the top three highest scoring Major Design student projects via Zoom with these students invited to attend this year's prestigious Good Design Australia Awards Ceremony on Friday the 16th Sept. The GDA Awards event will be an incredible way for HSC design students to connect with professionals in industry and a great opportunity to give you a seat at the table at the heart of good design here in Australia.


Wishing you all the best with the completion of your MDPs your teachers and families must be very proud of you. 

UpRising @ 2022.08.23 2:01 AM

Good morning UpRising Designer, congratulations on your great design.

All votes have been tallied and once again very very close between a range of incredible projects. The top three design projects will be announced this Friday afternoon 4pm Zoom

Time: Aug 26, 2022 04:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 496 791 8362

Passcode: hau766

Three wonderful young designers will be off to attend this year's Good Design Awards Ceremony, kindly provided by CEO of Good Design Australia, Dr Brandon Gien. This is not only an amazing opportunity for these three students but now creates a direct pathway for the design and innovation industry to reach the grassroots of innovation, the classroom.

Would love to see you there Friday afternoon 4pm

UpRising @ 2022.10.30 8:35 AM

Congratulations to all who took part in this year’s UpRising. If you could spend just 2 minutes completing these three questions that would be heaps tops.

Wishing you all the best on your last exams this week, especially D&T. I am sure you will rock it.

UpRising @ 2022.11.01 4:07 AM

Great stuff

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