Stora Enso is introducing a paperboard tube for cosmetics packaging as a new, climate-friendly alternative to plastic tubes. It is suitable for the primary packaging of skin cream products. The body of the tube is made from a barrier-coated, grease-resistant paperboard which makes it suitable for the primary packaging of skin creams. Currently, making the body of the tube from paperboard reduces the use of plastic by 70% compared with a plastic tube. Stora Enso is also developing biocomposite materials to replace the plastic cap and shoulder of the tube in the future.
For manufacturing of the tubes, Stora Enso cooperates with Aisa, a world-leading tube machinery manufacturer. The runnability of the board has been tested on Aisa’s machinery to ensure flawless and efficient converting performance. “Together with Stora Enso, we can be change agents and thereby push packaging innovation forward. With paperboard as a new, renewable material option to run on our tube machines, Aisa continues to serve the needs of the global packaging industry with cutting edge technologies,” says Jacques Thomasset, R&D Director at Aisa.