The paperboard tube, which is expected to be available commercially in 2024, is made up of Natura Shape, the company’s barrier-coated board material, and a screw cap designed in partnership with Blue Ocean Closures with assembly provided by AISA
Stora Enso in partnership with Blue Ocean Closures and AISA has developed a first-of-its-kind paperboard tube with a fibre-based closure with an intent to further reduce plastic in packaging.
According to Stora Enso, the new wood fibre-based concept enables brand owners in boosting the share of renewable material in their packaging.
The Finnish paper mill company claimed that each and every component of the paperboard tube is designed for recycling.
The tube is made up of Natura Shape, the company’s barrier-coated board material, and a screw cap designed in partnership with Blue Ocean Closures with assembly provided by AISA.
Stora Enso business alliance head Salvatore Sortino said: “This paperboard tube development is a great example of a collaboration that is needed to stay competitive in today’s rapidly changing industries, both now and in the long run.
“Making our paperboard tubes more commonplace in today’s packaging landscape requires finding sustainable closures, too. By collaborating with Blue Ocean Closures and AISA, we have been able to accelerate the development of the more sustainable tube solution.”
Stora Enso said that the paperboard tube with a fibre-based closure solution has fibre content of over 85%, which it claims is the highest proportion available in a tube design.
Stora Enso business developer Martin Hammer said: “We believe that it is essential to increase fibre content in order to futureproof paperboard tubes with increased recyclability, reduced carbon footprint, and meet consumer expectations for sustainability and user experience.”
Expected to be available commercially in 2024, the paperboard tube solution is intended to be used in cosmetics and personal care applications.
Stora Enso officially introduced the latest breakthrough at the Interpack 2023 packaging industry fair. The Finnish company rolled out its maiden paperboard tube concept in 2019 for cosmetics packaging as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic tubes.
Recently, Stora Enso launched a circular packaging material called Tambrite Aqua+ for the packaging of frozen and chilled food.