Irish corrugated packaging company Smurfit Kappa has introduced a sustainable water-resistant paper as part of its new TechniPaper portfolio.

Marketed as AquaStop, the paper features a special coating that makes it waterproof.

The product has been developed without compromising on recyclability and can be recycled similarly to standard paper-based packaging.

It is suitable for e-commerce packaging and for packaging products that require temporary protection against water, such as flowers, detergent and fruit and vegetables.

AquaStop is also suitable for use in humid conditions such as in the transporting and storage of refrigerated products.

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.

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“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.”

AquaStop joins Smurfit Kappa’s Better Planet Packaging portfolio, which is focused on providing sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics.

It will be exhibited at the company’s customer innovation event later this month.

Smurfit Kappa Europe CEO 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.”

Earlier this month, Smurfit Kappa’s UK branch acquired UK-based cardboard box company Atlas Packaging.