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Post-Consumer Corrugated Board Design Competition


Design a product that is made from post-consumer corrugated board (AKA cardboard)


Your entry must be made of recovered, post-consumer corrugated fiberboard.
See the following links for definitions of corrugated fiberboard:

Additional materials may be used. However, the primary material should be corrugated fiberboard. The judges will make the final determination as to whether an entry is “primarily” corrugated fiberboard.

Judging Criteria

The judges will score entries based on the following criteria:

- Originality/Creativity (30% of total score)
- Usefulness/Practicality (30% of total score)
- Workmanship (25% of total score)
- Written narrative (15% of total score)

The entry with the highest total score will be declared the contest winner. The decision of the judges will be final. Entries that do not satisfy the contest rules will not be scored.


Participants must certify that their entry is their original work and that the work has not previously been entered into another competition.


The overall winner of the contest will be awarded a new Apple iPad2 courtesy of Triad Packaging, Inc. Cash equivalent or alternate prizes will not be available.


Entries should include all of the following:

- Completed entry form (see below)
- One complete product sample
- A sample of the post-consumer board used to construct the product
- A written narrative

The written narrative should be no more than 2 typewritten pages and should address the intended purpose of the product, the design process and goals, and the environmental benefit of using recovered corrugated board as compared to alternative product/material

Dates and Places

Entries must be submitted by 4:00pm on Tuesday September 20th to Robert Bush at 230 Cheatham Hall, Virginia Tech. Judging will take place on Thursday, September 22nd from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in the Brush Creek room of Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech. Contestants are responsible for moving their entries to and from the Brush Creek room on Thursday. Entries may be retained for display.


The contest is open to all students enrolled in accredited schools, colleges, and universities in Virginia or Tennessee. Contestants must be enrolled during the contest submission and judging dates.

Contact Person

Robert Bush
230 Cheatham Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
540 951 4207

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