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Litter inspires Grantham Young Designer of the Year

A teenage student has been named Young Designer of the Year after she was shocked by the amount of by litter she had seen.

Rosie Milner, 17, a student at Priory Ruskin Academy in Grantham, swept the board at the Lincolnshire Young Designer of the Year Awards hosted by Lincoln University.

The A-Level Graphic Communication student impressed the judges with her innovative eco-friendly product packaging, and went on to win three categories: Best Product Design, The Adobe Prize (awarded by the Head of Adobe Software) and the main prize of Lincolnshire Young Designer of the Year 2019.

Rosie Milner, Young Designer of the Year. (11854592)
Rosie Milner, Young Designer of the Year. (11854592)

Rosie, who lives in Grantham, was inspired after seeing large amounts of litter when she completed her Duke of Edinburgh expedition. She believes snacks available in the supermarkets all involve excessive packaging and so, drawing on this experience, Rosie designed packaging for several snacks made out of seed paper.

This special packaging has seeds trapped into the layers of paper which can be rolled and buried into the earth to regrow as wild flowers after the snack has been consumed. This innovative solution not only reduces littering, it also gives back to the environment, reduces landfill waste, reduces manufacturing costs in printing and raises awareness for pollution.

Due to the texture of the seed paper, only minimal printing is possible on it and so the all-important nutritional information is contained on a website and app that is accessible via a QR code on the packet.

Winning design by Young Designer of the Year Rosie Milner. (11854625)
Winning design by Young Designer of the Year Rosie Milner. (11854625)

On winning her awards, Rosie said: “I was really pleased just to get short-listed for the competition and it was a real pleasure to be invited to Lincoln University for the awards evening.

“I was very happy to win my category, and also to be selected by the judge from Adobe, as I love using their software for my graphics work. I felt ecstatic to win the overall award and would like to thank the university for holding the event.”

Graphic design teacher at Priory Ruskin Academy Jo Greenfield said: “I’m so proud of Rosie and all she has achieved whilst I have had the pleasure of teaching her.

“Watching her go from a quiet, shy student in Year 9, to a young designer with confidence, integrity and determination, fills me with pride and I know that the world will be gaining an excellent designer in the future. She has a very strong and exciting career ahead of her.”


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