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Japan’s Toppan Printing develops paper-based tube-pouch to reduce plastic use

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Japan’s Toppan Printing develops paper-based tube-pouch to reduce plastic use

May 20, 2020 - 17:39

TOKYO, April 28, 2020 (Press Release) -Toppan Printing (Toppan) (TSE:7911), a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, has improved user-friendliness while reducing resource use to achieve enhanced environmental performance bydeveloping the paper tube-pouch, a new paper-based version of the existing tube-pouch, which is shaped like a tube and easy to squeeze like a pouch. The paper tube-pouch is ideal for use in the food, toiletry, and pharmaceutical sectors, and full-scale sales are scheduled to be launched in Japan in fiscal 2020.

Due to the use of thinner film material, the conventional tube-pouch is easier to squeeze and uses 30% less plastic than the type of laminated tube widely used for toothpaste. The new paper tube-pouch maintains the tube-pouch’s functionality while demonstrating even better environmental performance by employing a paper-based material for the body, making possible a 50% reduction in plastic volume. Coupled with a redesign of the plastic parts of the head section, this enables plastic to be reduced by a total of 65%. Although plastic has been replaced with paper, the tube-pouch still maintains its shape even when the volume of content inside decreases, and the use of Toppan’s proprietary GL BARRIER film on the inner surface ensures the world-class and complete barrier performance required for such items as food and cosmetics.

The body of the paper tube-pouch has a thickness of just 0.1 mm and a special folded structure. Combined with a horizontal design for the plastic spout, this makes it easier to completely squeeze out the contents.