The SilverPack Award “Polite Packaging“ prizes packaging solutions which are broadly characterized as polite:

Polite to the consumer
e.g. easy to open, convieniently resealable, to carry, clear and comprehensible information on the packaging. In short : every quality that makes the handling of the packaging a pleasurable experience.

Polite to the environment
e.g. use of renewable raw materials, good to recycle, low use of raw materials, easy to dispose of. Packages which make the environment happy.

Polite to the contents
e.g. perfect protection/conservation of the contents during transport and storage, the possibility to fully and easily extract the contents. In short : packaging which respects its contents. This especially applies to comestible goods. It also applies to other contents, because every packaged item consist of raw materials, which should not be thrown away unused.

The challenge of the participating packages lies in scoring points in each of the three dimensions where possible. The evaluation includes the following weigthings of the dimensions:

Polite to the consumer: 2
Polite to the environment: 1
Polite to the contents: 1

The prize winner will be awarded title „Polite Packaging – Silverpack 2019


You can submit packaging and functional prototypes for every product with which consumers have anything to do on a daily basis: consumer goods, medicinal products, consumables.

Please send us at least three originals of the packaging and explain where the special characteristics of the packaging lie. Additionally you may send older versions of the packaging to demonstrate the realized improvements.

The participation in the SilverPack Award does not involve costs. This is possible because our award is supported in an extensive way by Ford.

A return of the submited packages is not possible. There is no legal recourse.

Deadline: December 7th 2018
Please send your work to:

Meyer-Hentschel Institute
SilverPack Award
Science Park 2
DE-66123 Saarbrücken

The contest is an initiative by the Meyer-Hentschel Institute, Saarbrücken, and by the Swiss AgeExplorer Institute, Zürich.

The Meyer-Hentschel Institute deals with the desires and lifestyles of elderly people since 1985. The institute advises businesses on further adapting their products/ services to the needs of erlderly customers.

The Swiss AgeExplorer Institute is a foundation of the Meyer-Hentschel Institute, Saarbrücken, and its mission is to provide sustainable economic perspectives in a “long-life society”.