Eco-Friendly Tablet Packaging
This was my major negotiated project from my final year of university. It was a self-directed project, which looked at exploring alternatives to blister packaging.
Most modern pill packaging uses both card and plastic, does not use space efficiently and is too bulky for its contents. I tried to devise a way to solve some of these issues, while still maintaining protection, aesthetics and usability.
The large amount of space seen in most blister cartons is obviously a considered design feature, used for protection and tamper resistance; these attributes needed to be upheld to make my alternative viable. An equilateral triangle has the fewest sides possible, and so this was explored to answer the need for space compression. Conveniently, six equilateral triangles fit perfectly within a hexagon, which is known for being one of the strongest structures in nature when one is tiled next to another. The circular shape of the pills would be held securely by the three edges of the compartments, utilising the actual strength of the tablets for added robustness. All of this was to be achieved with the use of card, which was intended to make the pack fully recyclable.
It made sense to extrude the design to seven compartments—one for each day of the week—as a visual reminder of how many doses have been consumed, or to prompt the patient to take their next tablet. This could potentially be most effective for the elderly, or patients with mental health issues. Perforated tabs were used to allow the tablets to be easily removed and to reveal any signs of tampering.
Structural Packaging Design and Visualisation: Chris Thomas