Smurfit Kappa has created an imaginative and sustainable water-resistant paper. AquaStop is a new TechniPaper® portfolio consisting of high-performance papers developed to endure even the most complex supply chains.
The AquaStop paper is water-resistant; it has a special coating added to it during the manufacturing process. Unlike numerous other coatings, this does not compromise the product’s recyclability and can be recycled in the same way as traditional paper-based packaging.
AquaStop™ is the innovation in Smurfit Kappa’s Better Planet Packaging series of products, which deliver sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics. It is designed to resist exposure to water without being damaged; it is appropriate for eCommerce packaging and packaging for products such as flowers, detergent, and fruit and vegetables where interim protection against water is required.
It is also especially appropriate for use in humid conditions as the box stays intact while protecting the contents, making it an ideal solution for transporting and storing refrigerated products with exposure to condensation.
Talking about the new development, the Vice President of Product Development at the Smurfit Kappa Paper Division, Lars Henriksson, said: “We are very enthusiastic about AquaStop and believe it is a genuinely revolutionary paper. We’re expecting AquaStop™ to interest many of our customers, particularly those who transport goods in more demanding environments, because of the peace of mind it will give them that their products will remain in perfect condition even if exposed to water.
“Our product development team, along with with our colleagues in Spain, have created something extraordinary that has superior functionality while at the same time remaining 100% recyclable.”
CEO of Smurfit Kappa Europe, Saverio Mayer, added: “We are continuously developing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions that are helping to meet our ever-growing customer needs, no matter how challenging or unusual the ask is.
“AquaStop™ is a must-have product for customers with complex supply chain requirements and is another example of how, at Smurfit Kappa, we have the brightest minds and most creative spirits working towards a common goal.”
AquaStop™ will be showcased at Smurfit Kappa’s customer innovation event.