Handling food supplies at Swindon Foodbank’s distribution centre is now a much easier job thanks to the generosity of local packaging experts GWP Packaging.
The company, based in Cricklade, have donated custom-designed distribution boxes to the local charity.
The box’s unique design is the outcome of a competition, run by GWP, for Swindon College students. Earlier this year GWP challenged the engineering students to design a box specifically for use at the foodbank’s warehouse. The foodbank were using old vegetable boxes that would often break leading to spillages.
Students worked to GWP’s industry standard packaging brief and had to balance their creative ideas with the need to produce a cost-effective and practical packaging solution. GWP’s packaging designers ran workshops for the students and helped them turn their ideas into prototypes. The winning students’ ideas were amalgamated and refined into a final box design.
Ruth Cook, MD of GWP Packaging said, “we’re delighted to be donating these finished boxes to the Foodbank. Not only was the design competition a great opportunity to give engineering students experience of working with industry in a real-life situation, it has also helped a great cause and raised the profile of the vital work that the Foodbank undertake.”
The boxes were handed over to Lee Thompson of Swindon Foodbank who said, “We’re really grateful to GWP for coming up with this idea and for donating the finished boxes. We’ve struggled for some time with inappropriate boxes that were often breaking. The new box design is great, it’s really comfortable to use and very durable.
"We’re so pleased to have been able to work in partnership with GWP and the students, it’s great to see a firm like GWP helping young people gain valuable industry experience and also learning about real-life situations.”