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International package delivery company is looking for partners to provide a concept for biodegradable packaging that encourages the customer to return these packages.

Country of Origin: Netherlands
Reference Number: TRNL20210528001
Publication Date: 7 June 2021


A Dutch logistics company wants to contribute to the circular economy by using recoverable packaging and improving its collecting process for proper recycling. The company is looking for experts in the field of design activities to develop a concept of sustainable packaging that stimulates the customers to return the package. Cooperation could be in the frame of a research cooperation or a commercial agreement with technical assistance. This profile refers to an online open innovation platform.


Recyclable or biodegradable packaging is rapidly becoming a must-have for companies throughout Europe and the world. Yet, a lack of public understanding around how to correctly recycle or biodegrade different materials, means that environmentally friendly packaging is often processed in a way that is harmful to the environment, undermining the point of going green. 

The company is a global leader in logistics, based in the Netherlands. They are offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight, facilitating international trade. In the Netherlands the logistics company delivers thousands of packages a day.

The company wants to contribute to a truly circular economy. To achieve this goal, the company wants to have their customers return the packaging, resulting in more control over this waste package process.

For their larger partners the company already provides a ‘returns program’, whereby customers can return items to companies by dropping them off in the company’s bags at their branded ‘Access Points’.
To take these sustainability and circular economy goals to a next level, the company is looking for design experts, who can cover a broad concept from biodegradable and industrially compostable packages to innovative customer incentives, that makes these clients co-aware of their contribution to help preserve our world for future generations by returning the used packages to the Access Points.

Cooperation might take place in the frame of a research cooperation agreement or in case of a more advanced stage of development, a commercial agreement with technical assistance could be suitable. Or any other form that fits the purpose of this challenge.

IMPORTANT: This technology request refers to an innovation challenge published on an online open innovation platform till July 12, 2021. Organizations are invited to express their interest before the closing date. Interested parties can get additional information on the platform and browse freely through other submissions. However to contribute to online discussions registration is necessary. All submissions will get feedback by the company on this open platform. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Besides open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand.
After closing of the challenge, the company will select some organizations for an online meeting to explore cooperation possibilities. In case there is still need for additional solutions after closing of the challenge, expressions of interest will be treated in the traditional way.

Expertise sought

The Dutch company is looking for a partner with expertise in concept development, preferably with experience in packaging waste management:
• Concept and development agencies
• Sustainable Product Development
• Process technology
• Waste Processing
• Creative thinking
• Customer Engagement Analysis

Stage Of Development

Concept stage

Requested partner

The company is looking for design experts, who preferably can cover the whole concept of:

- sustainable and industrially compostable packaging and
- have expertise in inventing innovative solutions that will trigger and encourage the customer to return the used packaging to the Access Points of the company.

Various collaborations and roles of the partners are conceivable.

The company itself is willing to cooperate during the whole process from experimentation to test new ideas, to pilot testing and can provide the partner with all necessary information.

Cooperation could be in the frame of a research cooperation agreement or a commercial agreement with technical assistance in case of a more advanced stage of development or any other form that fits the purpose of this challenge.

Cooperation offer ist closed for requests