For the average consumer, food packaging is nothing more than a necessary evil to keep their produce safe. Food containers aren't there to be admired or appreciated, and it'll end up in the recycle bin just as soon as the box or package is empty. But as you can see from these intuitive and innovative food package designs of cool products, that doesn't have to be the case.

Compiled by Bored Panda, the list below contains a wealth of cool ideas to change the way you think about packaging design, from yogurt lids that turn into spoons to origami beer bottle labels and egg boxes made of compressed hay. Which one of these creative ideas do you think is the cleverest? Let us know in the comments below, and don't forget to vote for your favorite cool designs.

#1

Goldfish Tea Bags

Goldfish Tea Bags

Charm Villa Report

Hikari
Community Member
4 years ago

These are adorable :3

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#2

This Wooden Wine Case Can Be Turned Into A Birdhouse

This Wooden Wine Case Can Be Turned Into A Birdhouse

Rita Rivotti Report

Intensive Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

In the name of mother nature and for the sake of birds, I shall become an alcoholic 😂😂😂

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#3

Juice Cup

Juice Cup

backbonebranding.com Report

Super Cat
Community Member
4 years ago

This is cute ( 3

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#4

Pasta Nikita Packaging

Pasta Nikita Packaging

Nikita Konkin Report

Daniel Losinger
Community Member
4 years ago

This has been done MANY times before. I think at least 10% of first-semester Graphic Design students have done a package like this.

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#5

Molocow Milk

Molocow Milk

Kan Salt, Marcel Sheishenov, I-Media Creative Bureau Report

SparklyCuckoo
Community Member
4 years ago

This is awesome!

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#6

Flowering Tea Bags

Flowering Tea Bags

Andrej Krahne Report

Anouk
Community Member
4 years ago

I bought my mom a pack of very expensive flowering teabags (not this particular brand) and they did NOT look like the pictures on the packaging. They showed dainty flowers floating on top of the tea - what you got was what looked like a giant drowned spider on a string #floweringteamyass

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#7

Chocolate Pantone

Chocolate Pantone

BLOCD Studio Report

Asia
Community Member
4 years ago

Perfection.

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#8

6 Servings Of Italian Spaghetti

6 Servings Of Italian Spaghetti

Neal Fletcher Report

Hikari
Community Member
4 years ago

The packaging is very clear on what you're getting!

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#9

Pizza Fingers

Pizza Fingers

Yu Kyung Ha, Won Min Jung & Kwon Young Hee Report

John L
Community Member
4 years ago

This is not only a great idea, but should worth the extra effort. :D

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#10

Milk Carton Changes Color When It Gets Closer To The Expiry Date

Milk Carton Changes Color When It Gets Closer To The Expiry Date

ACheb Report

Dennis Kovalev
Community Member
4 years ago

Really bad idea. Imagine these cartons in stores, all altered with varying sizes of this "warning" colour. It is a spoilage indicator, and even 10% of it on a carton is enough to make customers cringe and walk away from it.

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
4 years ago

So you think it's okay to be sold old milk? Really?

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Cassie
Community Member
4 years ago

Not sure if this is the carton, but Tetra Pak is working on a carton that lets you know when the milk has been sitting out too long and needs to be put back into the fridge. I suspect this image is that prototype. It's not so difficult to tell when your milk has gone bad that you need a carton that tells you.

darknessIsMyOutfit
Community Member
4 years ago

Whether it's the current or not what you've come up with this a very good idea I'm quite forgetful especially if I'm rushing to try to get out at 9 in the morning

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KiddingNot
Community Member
4 years ago

really? or just it's levels of use?

Flora Polvado
Community Member
4 years ago

This would be fantastic for someone who has lost their sense of smell. Food poisoning very common for them.

Blue Cicada
Community Member
4 years ago

Very helpful for seniors, others w olfactory issues.

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Knee Kneeson
Community Member
4 years ago

I'd buy that

Susan Douglass
Community Member
4 years ago

AWESOME!

Madeline M. Cowe
Community Member
1 year ago

really good idea https://www.packagesinsider.com/

Loa Finnsdottir
Community Member
4 years ago

Good idéa - but I´m not buying it. The Best before date on dairy is flexible. If the carton is not opened yet before last day, the product can for sure go 5 days over b.d. Result = Food waste ..... I´m afraid.

Vera Deme
Community Member
4 years ago

Very smart! Sometimes it's better to be warned before getting diarrhea!!! Old milk can be used in preparing other milk products after undergoing thermal or healthy bacterial transformation. It can be still used if you have the knowledge and the time to bother.

Kikka io
Community Member
4 years ago

For me it's a good idea. First of all, he warns you how close is the milk you are buying. If you're running, sometimes you do not look at the expiration date, and you find yourself with an old milk that you can not use. Even if you change it, you still lose a lot of time. Then, when you have it in the fridge, see if you are going to pour a rennet of acidic rennet or milk. I made the mistake of drinking, from the bottle, of the milk I did not know had expired, and I did not wish it to anyone.

M. M
Community Member
4 years ago

I mean -- it looks cool?

Charlotte Camilleri
Community Member
4 years ago

The carton should also be numbered with days on this side this way the consumer would be more familiar with the information that was being presented since we measure a milks expiry date by counting days. The orange is too similar to the colour we associate with danger, 'Red' so even the slightest coloring on the package is enough to put you a consumer off. A lighter colour such as 'Blue' would be more calming and reassuring to a consumer and could lead a consumer to associating the brand with Trust.

Dan Davis
Community Member
4 years ago

Top worst packaging Cannot imagine what chemicals were added to change colors.

Umit Sancar
Community Member
4 years ago

It is a very bad idea for the producer. customer will not buy the milk if it is even have 1 cm of orange color.

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
4 years ago

Very practical!

Buzz Dean
Community Member
4 years ago

ridiculous--the date really is not an indicator of the quality of the product

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#11

Peanut Bag

Peanut Bag

Noémie Cotton Report

Asia
Community Member
4 years ago

This is the way peanuts should be sold. Yet I've never seen it in stores :(

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#12

Chocolates Like A Set Of Oil Paints

Chocolates Like A Set Of Oil Paints

Nendo Report

KiddingNot
Community Member
4 years ago

oh my god YES!

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#13

Sustainable Egg Boxes Made Of Hay That Is Heat-pressed Into Carton Shapes

Sustainable Egg Boxes Made Of Hay That Is Heat-pressed Into Carton Shapes

Maja Szczypek Report

Daniel Losinger
Community Member
4 years ago

includes free bonus bugs

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#14

Honey Package Made Of Beeswax, Wich Can Be Burnt Down As A Candle, Making It Completely Waste Free

Honey Package Made Of Beeswax, Wich Can Be Burnt Down As A Candle, Making It Completely Waste Free

Maude Paquette-Boulva Report

Aine
Community Member
4 years ago

Du Québec, en plus! Super! :)

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#15

Chip Can Which Blooms Into A Bowl

Chip Can Which Blooms Into A Bowl

Dohyuk Kwon Report

Cassie
Community Member
4 years ago

Is it reusable? It could make a cute planter or decorative little trash bin once the chips are done. The chips don't really look all that appealing, though.

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#16

Packed Like Sardines, Sardine Packaging

Packed Like Sardines, Sardine Packaging

brandiziac.com Report

Trevin Blount
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks like something out of Spongebob

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#17

Butterfly Tea

Butterfly Tea

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Mibo Dumplings
Community Member
4 years ago

Really pretty!

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#18

Dino Ice / Fruit Ice Lolly

Dino Ice / Fruit Ice Lolly

Sasha B. Perelman , Katya Mushkina Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

I had a Pokémon lolipop like that once. It left a Pokémon figure on a stick.

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#19

Clever Cookie Packaging Concept

Clever Cookie Packaging Concept

Emma Waleij, Hanna Simu, Alma Lindström, and Maja Ahlund Report

Lena Sterling
Community Member
4 years ago

A lot of packaging for 18 cookies. Why do they need spacer between them? Without they could pack the double amount of cookies inside.

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#20

Honey Made By Bees

Honey Made By Bees

Maksi Marbuzov Report

Frederico Silva
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm more of a Honey Made By Praying Mantises guy, but this will do i guess...

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#21

Egg Box "Toaster"

Egg Box "Toaster"

Ádám Török Report

KiddingNot
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so rad, you could use this for many things

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#22

Parmesan Pencils

Parmesan Pencils

Kolle Rebbe / KOREFE Report

Community Member
4 years ago

Just eat the pencil!

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#23

Thelma's Cookies

Thelma's Cookies

Saturday MFG Report

Marceline
Community Member
4 years ago

That's so cute!!

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#24

Popcorn Packaging That Pops-Up Into A Little Bowl When Popcorn Is Ready

Popcorn Packaging That Pops-Up Into A Little Bowl When Popcorn Is Ready

Anni Nykänen Report

KiddingNot
Community Member
4 years ago

Gosh some people are so clever

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#25

Jam Packaging

Jam Packaging

Anthony Guex Report

Marceline
Community Member
4 years ago

Ahhh.. The good old magic trick we all loved!

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#26

This Yogurt Lid Can Be Folded Into A Little Spoon

This Yogurt Lid Can Be Folded Into A Little Spoon

OnTheMidnightTrain Report

Dennis Kovalev
Community Member
4 years ago

Remember this invention, you will see it next time in FAIL section where products go after user testing. Did anyone ever seen a clean under side of a yogurt cup? And this is supposed to keep your fingers clean as, you know, spoons are supposed to.

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#27

The Pizza Box That Turns Into A Projector

The Pizza Box That Turns Into A Projector

Reed Collins Report

Cassie
Community Member
4 years ago

By the shape of the box, I suspect there is a separate compartment for the phone so it doesn't come in contact with the greasy bits where the pizza is. Still, it seems a little silly since it probably doesn't produce good resolution and most people have a TV to watch stuff on. Impractical but kitschy and will likely appeal to B movie culture fans.

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#28

Pasta Packaging

Pasta Packaging

Tamura Design Studio Report

İdil
Community Member
4 years ago

These people care way too much about their pasta portions..

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#29

Squishable Wine Box Lets You Squeeze Wine Until The Last Drop

Squishable Wine Box Lets You Squeeze Wine Until The Last Drop

Mila Rodriguez Report

ConfusedPanda
Community Member
4 years ago

Shut up and take my money!!!

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#30

French Fries Box With A Pocket For Ketchup

French Fries Box With A Pocket For Ketchup

Dong Jiang Report

Eirik Guttulsrud
Community Member
4 years ago

Because those things always stand upright throughout a meal...;P

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#31

Lightbulb Spice Jars & Coasters

Lightbulb Spice Jars & Coasters

Sarah Sia Report

Sara
Community Member
4 years ago

Great!!!!!

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#32

Marais Piano Cake Packaging

Marais Piano Cake Packaging

Kazuaki Kawahara Report

Super Cat
Community Member
4 years ago

I want it !!!!! , I am so hungry right now : (

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#33

The Most Honest Chocolate Tablet

The Most Honest Chocolate Tablet

Chocolat Factory Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 years ago

But I don' t want to know it :-)

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#34

Tea Hangers

Tea Hangers

Soon Mo Kang Report

Wendy Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

Wasteful packaging.

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#35

Fruit Juice Packaging

Fruit Juice Packaging

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Cassie
Community Member
4 years ago

Is that banana juice? I like bananas, but banana juice does not sound appealing to me. I mean, maybe in a smoothie with other fruits or something, but just banana juice seems weird to me.

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#36

Cookie Packaging Turns Into A Mask

Cookie Packaging Turns Into A Mask

Reese Panganiban Report

Sunniva Jønsson
Community Member
4 years ago

Cute

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#37

Top For Coffee Cup

Top For Coffee Cup

Joshua Harris Report

Amber Ice
Community Member
4 years ago

Only missing some kind of stirring device that is not a pan from your pocket or something

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#38

Mooncake

Mooncake

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Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
4 years ago

looks super expensive

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#39

Wine Bottle Based Around The Concept Of Wine As The Blood

Wine Bottle Based Around The Concept Of Wine As The Blood

Constantin Bolimond Report

Leoninus Fate
Community Member
4 years ago

dat name!

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#40

Teabag Coasters

Teabag Coasters

Yuree S. Lim & Jieun Yang Report

Cassie
Community Member
4 years ago

I like that the wrapper keeps the used bag from making a mess when you set it aside. Practical and cute and since it's compressed paper, you can also toss it in the compost pile. The absorbed tea is good for plants, too, so will be even better for the compost pile. I like to put my spent tea bags right in the garden or in a potted plant.

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#41

Butter! Better!

Butter! Better!

Yeongkeun Report

Steve Bowman
Community Member
4 years ago

Next on Bored Panda: A single slice of toast, wrapped in plastic.

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#42

Gnome Bread Packaging

Gnome Bread Packaging

Lo Siento Studio Report

Marceline
Community Member
4 years ago

seems crusty!!!

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#43

Instant Noodle Packing Box

Instant Noodle Packing Box

Cao Weizhi, Ding Jian, Chen Yuru Report

Drona Leigh
Community Member
4 years ago

seems good in theory, but in practice i bet all that stuff does not stay in there well.

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#44

Fast Food Packaging

Fast Food Packaging

Ian Gilley Report

Steve Bowman
Community Member
4 years ago

Isn't the burger getting cold (colder!) by the minute as long as there's ice in the coke under there?

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#45

Packaging For Pistachio Nuts. Inside Tray Holds Pistachios But The Outer Part Separates And Becomes A Tray For The Shells

Packaging For Pistachio Nuts. Inside Tray Holds Pistachios But The Outer Part Separates And Becomes A Tray For The Shells

Maija Rozenfelde Report

Cassie
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes!

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#46

Mini Olive-Oil Packages

Mini Olive-Oil Packages

Mini Oliva Report

Jodi Crabtree Littleton
Community Member
4 years ago

While I like the concept, I forsee much waste. Same problem as K-cups...

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#47

Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise

Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise

Rony Schneider Report

Thestarsinthesky
Community Member
4 years ago

Not a bad idea at all. And it'd probably be way more easy to open then the little plastic ones.

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#48

Sushi To-Go Box With Chopsticks Instead Of The Handle

Sushi To-Go Box With Chopsticks Instead Of The Handle

Ashley Buerkett Report

Barb Schlax
Community Member
4 years ago

Fantastic concrpt but chopsticks should be covered

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#49

Green Berry Tea

Green Berry Tea

Natalia Ponomareva Report

Theresa Wilson
Community Member
4 years ago

So many of the tea bags features on this page are stunning, but obviously are best suited to transparent cups.

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#50

Happy Pills

Happy Pills

Marion Dönneweg Report

Kjorn
Community Member
4 years ago

i really do need happy pills

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#51

Fit Buns High Protein: Bread

Fit Buns High Protein: Bread

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Agnė Kamarauskaitė
Community Member
4 years ago

Don't know why, but at first thought it was a butt..

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#52

Super Hot Sauce

Super Hot Sauce

Kristina Skoreva Report

Kristin Freudenthal
Community Member
4 years ago

LOL! Funny!

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#53

Loco - Mad Wine

Loco - Mad Wine

vinopack Report

Wendy Yim
Community Member
4 years ago

it's freaking adorable

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#54

Origami Beer

Origami Beer

Clara Lindsten Report

Cindy Martinson
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes most people drinking beer are the origami type 😆

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#55

Beijing Buffet Fortune Cookies

Beijing Buffet Fortune Cookies

Caroline Brickell Report

Tua Lilja
Community Member
4 years ago

Cute packaging, but so much waste! I hope they're recyclable.

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#56

Beeloved Honey

Beeloved Honey

behance Report

Oliver Gloxin
Community Member
4 years ago

But crap for getting out the rest.

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#57

Banana Milk

Banana Milk

Dongwook Yoon Report

Kikka io
Community Member
4 years ago

cute

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#58

NYC Spaghetti

NYC Spaghetti

Alex Creamer Report

Niềng Răng Lăng Xăng
Community Member
4 years ago

so fragile the highest one...

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#59

Honey Hive

Honey Hive

backbonebranding Report

Cassie
Community Member
4 years ago

It's really cute but seems pretty impractical to me, especially since customers are generally attracted by that golden honey color (we're beekeepers).

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#60

Honey Packaging Design Funny Honey. After Folded Can Be Turned Into A Checkers Chessboard

Honey Packaging Design Funny Honey. After Folded Can Be Turned Into A Checkers Chessboard

Lu Zhao, Jian Zhang, Lin Huang, Tingyue Yan Report

presquevudu
Community Member
4 years ago

Trypophobia, anyone?

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#61

Cookie Break

Cookie Break

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Amber Ice
Community Member
4 years ago

I like this but i wonder what the green flavor is?

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#62

Beehive Honey Squares

Beehive Honey Squares

Lacy Kuhn Report

Qwee Qwee
Community Member
1 year ago

EEK! That's adorable! All of this is making me hungry T^T

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#63

Wine Bottle Packaging That Creates Two Drinking Glasses

Wine Bottle Packaging That Creates Two Drinking Glasses

AmproDesign Report

daniellabob
Community Member
4 years ago

now that's brilliant.

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#64

Meat Packaging With A Freshness Indicator

Meat Packaging With A Freshness Indicator

to-genkyo Report

Ann Jeppesen
Community Member
4 years ago

That would generate much more food spillage. Everyone want fresh food and no one buys the ones with the indicator turning blue

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#65

Spine Vodka

Spine Vodka