Kerala girl wins first prize worth $ 6,000 in global virtual packaging competition

Sherin, a native of Muvattupuzha, Kerala, has won the first prize worth $ 6,000 (approximately Rs 4.5 lakh) in a global virtual packaging competition called Packathon. She exhibited her idea in an online competition which was occured on September 17. Her idea got recognition for introducing the concept of eco-friendly packaging of food as an alternative to plastic-based packaging.

The competition was organized by US-headquartered confectionery MNC Mars, Incorporated and in the competition, Sherin’s idea of packaging food items with a film created from eggshells and soil created an impression. The alternative to packaging food with plastics and other toxic substances, the new idea of packing it with a film created from eggshells was a different choice for her as they decompose in the soil easily, they will not affect the environment. 

For the virtual packaging competition, there were many contestants from different established universities. Beating all of the contestants, Sherin entered the final round of the competition and won first prize. There were contestants from universities like Michigan, Clemson, Wageningen, and Georgia Tech.

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Sherin who is pursuing her graduation in n food technology at Kottayam Saintgits College of Engineering is the daughter of Adv Tom Jose and deputy tehsildar, Beena Joseph. Her global recognition is definitely a true inspiration for many, said the officials.