"Paper Rind"

2022 | Design : Izumi Yano
Scope : Semester project | Dueration : 3 monthes (2022/4-7) | Tools : Illustrator / Fresco

Paper Rind is a Rod-shaped package for solid cosmetics. There are 3 kinds of packages: Deodorant sticks, Sun sticks and lipsticks. You can peel the package like skin of fruits to use cosmetics. Since Paper Rind is made by paper, it can be recycled or decomposed naturallly. Paper Rind is not only eco-friendly but gives us new experience of package.

You can start to use thses products by peeling the package. The motion enhance expectation for new product of users. The package will be smaller while using. You do not need to keep unnecessary part of packages.Paper rind is made of paper and is recyclable. When incinerated, it does not emit toxic gases like plastic. When disposed of in landfills, it decomposes naturally.


Recently, plastics waste is a global problem.In 2015, The amount of plastic waste was 300 million tons.And 47% of them was packages.In addition, only 12% of them was recycled.Some plastic waste will be in the sea and it takes 400 years to be broken.

Problem of existing products

I considered that among care products, there are numerous environmental issues associated with retractable packaging, such as those used for lip balm. Most of these packages are made of plastic, and especially when various materials are combined, recycling becomes challenging. While push-up tubes made of paper have been used in recent years, they come with issues such as being too thick or difficult to dispense.

Research question

How can paper packages for stick shaped care products be eco-friendly and user-friendly?

Ideating sketches

I started ideating sketches with the idea "peel the package like fruit"


I made over 60 prototypes.The last photo shows the shapes of paper rind from top.Left side shapes don’t fit to paper. I tried to find the shapes which lets user peel it, and also make these 3 kind of products into 1 group.

Sketches and cray models

I made sketches to determine the shape of the glass. The shape was derived from the color of the sky, the shape of the clouds, and the impression I got from them. To determine a more detailed shape, I made a small model using clay. These models helped me to communicate the shapes to the glassmakers.