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Americas: Environment inspires carton contest winner

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Evergreen Packaging, a maker of beverage paperboard carton, has announced the winners of its seventh Made By Milk Carton Construction Contest.

US-based Paulsboro High School of Paulsboro, New Jersey, won the grand prize of US$5,000 for its project, which turned 274 repurposed milk cartons into a creative Serpent creature inspired by a ‘SLURPIT’ water-cleaning biofilter used to absorb and digest oil and pesticides in waterways.

The contest theme for Fall 2016 was Inventions – with entries ranging from a robotic surgeon to an entire platoon of planes; all made from repurposed milk cartons.

Six students and three Evergreen Packaging employees from across the country were selected for their extraordinary dedication and community leadership.

The Paulsboro High School students were inspired by their concern for the environment to build a creation highlighting an invention that could help decrease water pollution.

They plan to use their grand prize to take a trip to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ to participate in educational classes on STEM careers, local beach ecology, and water quality.

Since August 2012, Evergreen Packaging has utilized the Made by Milk™ program to raise awareness among consumers on the benefits of paper cartons.

About 70% of milk carton packaging is paper, made from trees, a renewable resource.

More than 50% of US households have access to carton recycling, and that number is on the rise.

Thirteen schools were recognized across various categories for their innovative and creative carton designs.