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Next-Gen Oyster Shell Competition

Pearlita Foods is calling all designers & materials scientists to help create a modern take on a compostable oyster shell. The winning design will serve as the foundation for the final packaged product. Use your imagination and creativity to show us your vision for a modern take on a beautiful oyster shell. To ensure compatibility, the design must be food safe & compostable. Please find requirements below:

What does a next-gen oyster shell look like?

Must have requirements:

  • Shell size should be approximately

    • 3” length from hinge

    • 2” wide at maximum

    • 1” cup depth

  • Compostable

  • Food safe

  • Hydrophobic surface

  • Producible at large scale

  • Pretty


Nice to have requirements:

  • High temperature resistance

  • Made from waste products

Judging Criteria:

  • Originality

  • Usability

  • Biodegradability 

  • Reproducibility on large scale



  • Winning design will be produced at scale for packaged goods

  • Winning designer will get recognized on packaging, mentions in press and acknowledgement 

Submission requirements:

  • Illustration of shell design or photo of prototype

  • Shell composition and material breakdown with description

  • Protocol preferred (i.e. description of how the prototype is created)

See our submission example here!

Submit your design* to:

Deadline: 09.30.2022


Winner is notified/selected date: 10.07.2022

For questions please email:

*By submitting the designs, images and prototypes to Pearlita Foods, each Entrant agrees that he/she is authorized to and hereby grants the Pearlita Foods and its licensees and assignees, a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual license to exercise all rights to copy, edit and/or modify, publicly display, publicly perform, broadcast, publish and use, in whole or in part, any Submission, and any other intellectual property protected or protectable materials submitted by each Entrant, in any manner without further compensation during and after the Competition, except where prohibited by law. By entering this competition you warrant that:

(a)   All details provided with your entry are true and accurate;
(b)   You are entering the competition as an individual, and not on behalf of any company of organization;
(c)   The design, images and prototype is an original work which has not been published elsewhere;

(d)   By entering this competition (the “Competition”), the Entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted these Terms and Conditions and Rules and Regulations and agreed to be bound by them.

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