The packaging industry is going through a profound change. Consumers and the industry are constantly looking for more sustainable, recyclable solutions and alternatives to replace or reduce traditional plastic packaging. Teknos is answering this need by developing barrier coatings for the food packaging industry and contributing to the development of a bio-based and recyclable paper bottle. The paper bottle technology can be used for cosmetics as well as other liquids.
“We have a long history of developing functional coatings for various surfaces and materials. It is only natural to apply this know-how in other applications besides traditional painting. Paper and paperboard used in food packaging is traditionally coated by a thin film of plastic, but there is an option: water-based dispersions prevent water or grease penetrating the paper and is ideal for food content,” said Tuomas Aspiala, group commercial manager, Teknos.
Today, the first-generation paper bottle is produced from sustainable sourced paper material, combined with existing barrier technology. The next step is the transition to a fully circular bottle solution, including a bio-based barrier. In the long term, the paper bottle will become completely bio-based.
The best innovations are usually a result of cooperation with other innovative technology companies. In the paper bottle project, Teknos is working closely with Swedish surface treatment company Crescocito.
“We are continuously thriving to find new and innovative solutions for the everchanging needs of customers, partners and the environment. Partnerships and cooperation is crucial for new and innovative ideas. This is how we can come up something truly unique and meaningful to make the world last longer,” said Aspiala.