Smurfit Kappa launches AquaStop, a new water-resistant containerboard paper used to make corrugated packaging; 100% recyclable product features special recyclable coating that makes it suitable for e-commerce packaging, products like detergent, produce

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May 19, 2022 (press release) –

AquaStop™ is the latest Better Planet Packaging innovation

Smurfit Kappa has developed an innovative and sustainable water-resistant paper. AquaStop™ is part of Smurfit Kappa’s new TechniPaper® portfolio, which consists of an array of high-performance papers designed to handle even the most complex supply chains.

The AquaStop™ paper is water-resistant thanks to a special coating which is added to it during the manufacturing process. Unlike many other coatings, this does not compromise the recyclability of the product and can be recycled in the same way as standard paper-based packaging. 

AquaStop™ is the latest innovation in Smurfit Kappa’s Better Planet Packaging portfolio of products, which offer sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics. As it is designed to withstand exposure to water without being damaged, it is suitable for eCommerce packaging and packaging for products such as flowers, detergent and fruit and vegetables where temporary protection against water is needed.

It is also particularly suitable for use in humid conditions as the box remains intact while protecting the contents, making it an excellent solution for the transport and storage of refrigerated products where there is exposure to condensation.

Speaking about the new product, Vice President of Product Development at the Smurfit Kappa Paper Division, 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 with our colleagues in Spain, have created something very special that has superior functionality, whilst 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 later this month.

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