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Koepala Wins Challenge for Crafting Sustainable Packaging Solution for Takeaway Food


Dec. 13, 2018 - Kemira announced that Koepala is the winner of the "Food for Thought" innovation challenge — looking for new business models and alternatives to single use plastics in food packaging.

The winning team of food packaging and behaviour design professionals, represented by Janne Asikainen and Riitta Mettomäki, is called Koepala.

At the end of an intensive 2-day camp organized jointly by Kemira and the Industryhack innovation platform, Koepala presented a sustainable and functional packaging solution for takeaway food. The Kemira jury chose the winners among four teams that were invited to participate in the camp.

"Koepala's proposal is very concrete and responded well to our challenge. It can be piloted in a short time frame and we see potential in it. A great big thanks to all teams for their interest and participation, it is truly inspirational to collaborate with these bright minds," says Sami Puttonen, Senior Manager from Kemira's Pulp & Paper segment.

About Koepala

Koepala develops innovative packaging solutions for takeaway food. Its flat and functional products help foodservice and retail businesses provide their customers with sustainable and convenient meal experiences. To learn more, please visit:

About Industryhack

Industryhack got started as the founders' side project in the fall of 2014. The original mission was to help Finnish industrial companies become more innovative by working with startups and innovative digital agencies in a series of hackathons. Since then, we have become a company that develops open innovation platform and community, and offers a wide range of services to support our customers' innovation activities. To learn more, please visit:

Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water-intensive industries. To learn more about Kemira, please visit

SOURCE: Kemira