Graphic design students address sustainability by rethinking product packaging

Nathan Pham and Kiara White hold their redesigned product packaging.

Nathan Pham and Kiara White display their projects. Nancy Pagé Photo

November 16, 2022 - 10:30am

What: Unwrapped: A package design exhibit where less is more

When: November 22 to December 1, 2022

Where: VIU’s View Gallery (Building 330), Nanaimo campus

Product packaging is a major contributor to global waste and designers can make an environmental impact by choosing more sustainable options.

Third-year graphic design students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) were challenged to select products with excessive packaging and redesign them so they are more ecologically responsible. Their innovative creations are on display during Unwrapped: A package design exhibit where less is more, at VIU’s View Gallery.

The overall goal is to use less material, wrapping, shelf space and to create less waste. Nancy Pagé, a VIU Graphic Design Professor, said students experimented with the form and medium for the packaging and had to find harmony between containing, protecting, displaying and selling the product while also minimizing its environmental impact.

Unwrapped runs from November 22 to December 1 at View Gallery (Building 330). Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. 



Rachel Stern, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University

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