A paperboard tube combined with a fiber-based screw cap is set to hit the market next year. The packaging, designed for cosmetics, personal care or home care, was developed by Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures, papermaker Stora Enso and packaging and machinery specialist AISA.
Collaboration was key for a new cosmetics and personal care tube with “unprecedented high-fiber content” expected to be commercially available in 2024. The tube body containing 85% fibers and 15% polymers, is made from Stora Enso’s Natura Shape barrier-coated board material. Assembled by AISA, the tube is combined with a fiber-based screw cap from Blue Ocean Closures. The closure development was accelerated thanks to a design project involving Karlstad University and partially funded by Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova’s BioInnovation program.
While the tube body already exists on the market, available in both white and brown base colors, the shoulder and closure in in the prototype stage, Blue Ocean Closures tells Formes de Luxe. “We are working on scaling up the closure production to be able to meet required industrial volumes. Creating a market-ready solution requires close collaboration with a customer and it will be tailored based on their needs and preferences, including. color, size and shape.”
“The tube solution has come far due to research collaboration. Making a tube with shoulder and cap work with unprecedented high fiber content is possible when all project partners contribute their knowledge and technology,” Staffan Andersson, Project Manager and CTO at Blue Ocean Closures, said in a statement.