Pinyapel wins a Wood Pencil at the D&AD Future Impacts Award, in recognition of its potential in creating a huge impact on environment and sustainability as it is proposed to be a food packaging alternative to single-plastic. The award will be presented in New York City, USA on 06 November 2019.

As a Future Impact awardee, Design Center will undergo a mentoring and training programme designed to accelerate pinyapel‘s development in order to deliver tangible impact in their category area within 12 months. The D&AD Future Impact Programme supports great ideas that have the potential to change the world. 

The “Pinyapel” is a locally-manufactured specialty paper made out of discarded pineapple leaves from pineapple plantations of Bukidnon. Coined and developed by the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), an attached agency of the DTI, the “Pinyapel” is a portmanteau of the Filipino words “pinya” (pineapple) and “papel” (paper). It is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the DCP, Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper, Nature’s Fresh and Ideatechs Packaging Corporation.

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Pinyapel is a result of the materials research and development initiative of the DTI-Design Center of the Philippines, and is a collaborative project between Design Center, Nature’s Fresh Pineapples (supplier of discarded pineapple leaves), CDO Handmade Paper (paper sheet processer), and Ideatechs Packaging (converter to food packaging applications).

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The Future Impact Programme is an annual activity which recognizes those who put their creative ideas into world-changing projects, products, and campaign. Up to 10 winners will have access to a shared prize fund worth $150,000 and delivered over 12-months. The fund combines consultancy, mentoring, masterclasses and development grants, as well as access to a creative, peer-driven network. 

The awarding ceremony is set on November 6, 2019. The program is also a forward-thinking approach to combat the growing problem of non-biodegradable plastic.


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