AquaStop is said to be suitable for eCommerce packaging as well as packaging for products like flowers, detergent, and fruits and vegetables that require temporary water protection
Ireland-based corrugated packaging company Smurfit Kappa has developed a new sustainable water-resistant paper, AquaStop.
The new offering expands the firm’s latest TechniPaper portfolio which includes an array of high-performance papers designed to handle complex supply chains.
According to the firm, the paper has a special coating that is added during the manufacturing process to make it water-resistant.
The presence of the extra coating does not compromise the recyclability of the paper and can be recycled similarly to standard paper-based packaging.
AquaStop is said to be suitable for eCommerce packaging as well as packaging for products like flowers, detergent, and fruits and vegetables that require temporary water protection.
It is also ideal for transporting and storing perishable food in humid environments since the box stays intact while preserving the contents, the firm said.
Smurfit Kappa Paper Division product development vice president Lars Henriksson said: “We are very excited about AquaStop and believe it is a truly 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 our colleagues in Spain, have created something very special that has superior functionality, whilst at the same time remaining 100% recyclable.”
Smurfit Kappa’s new paper is the latest addition to its Better Planet Packaging portfolio which aims to provide sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics.
Smurfit Kappa Europe chief executive officer Saverio Mayer said: “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.”