Malayali girl bags first prize worth $ 6,000 in global virtual packaging competition
Kottayam: Sherin Tom, an engineering student from Ernakulam, has won the first prize worth $ 6,000 (approximately Rs 4.5 lakh) in a global virtual packaging competition called Packathon, organized by US headquartered confectionery MNC Mars, Incorporated. The recognition is for presenting the idea of nature-friendly packaging of food items as an alternative to plastic based packaging.
Sherin presented the idea of packaging food items with a film created from egg shells and soil. As they decompose in the soil easily, they will not affect environment. She presented this idea at the online competition held on September 17.
Notably, she entered the final round of the competition and bagged first prize by beating contestants from renowned universities across the globe. There were contestants from universities like Michigan, Clemson, Wageningen and Georgia Tech.
Sherin is pursuing final year BTech in food technology at Kottayam Saintgits College of Engineering and is a native of Muvattupuzha. She is daughter of Adv Tom Jose and deputy tehsildar Beena Joseph.