Tupperware Brands’ PONDS Wins Fast Company Design Awards

Fast Company Design Awards

Tupperware Brands has been honored in Fast Company‘s Innovation by Design Awards for 2019 in the categories of Design Company of the Year and Best Design in North America.

“The Tupperware brand has long been synonymous with iconic kitchen products, but Tupperware is far more than meets the eye,” said Asha Gupta, chief strategy and marketing officer at Tupperware Brands. “Starting with Earl S. Tupper’s signature lid used to create a partial vacuum and seal in freshness to today, designing for product optimization in space. We are proud to receive this recognition from Fast Company and its distinguished judges for our work this past year. We will continue to push the boundaries of ingenuity so that we create sustainable and cutting-edge products that meet changing consumer needs.”

Tupperware’s development of PONDS in partnership with Techshot has been honored in the Best Design in North America category for its work enhancing astronauts’ ability to grow vegetables in space. Since 2014, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have been growing a variety of leafy vegetables and colorful flowers inside the Vegetable Production System, otherwise known as the “Veggie” facility. In an effort to reduce the frequency that an astronaut must water plants growing in space, Dr. Howard Levine and his colleagues at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) began exploring new design concepts for the component of Veggie that holds the root structure of the plants, the so-called “plant pillows.” Research at KSC led to a semi-hydroponic design concept dubbed PONDS.

Tupperware Brands and Techshot partnered to further develop the concept and manufacture PONDS plant growth units for use aboard the ISS. Tupperware was chosen due to the Company’s heritage of design and innovation to help optimize the growth of plants while reducing the amount of time astronauts spend monitoring and watering them.

Tupperware is also one of the few companies honored for Design Company of the Year. Tupperware was chosen among applicants due to the quality, breadth and ambition of product design this year.

Fast Company‘s annual Innovation by Design Awards is the only competition to honor creative work at the intersection of design, business and innovation. The awards recognize people, teams and companies solving problems through design.

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