Luoro brand Paperdent is distributing its alcohol-free mouthwash in Elopak’s D-PAK paperboard carton – a solution said to use over 80% less plastic than conventional mouthwash packaging.

Apparently, the 500ml D-PAK carton is made using paperboard sourced from responsibly managed forests. As such, it is reported to be both fully recyclable and carbon neutral.

The mouthwash is filled directly by Elopak at its newly built test facility in Terneuzen, which aims to aid start-ups and smaller producers in the non-food segment to run initial market tests and undertake small-scale filling.

Paperdent states that it is dedicated to reducing the overuse of plastic in the dental care sector and informing consumers about the benefits of its D-PAK carton packaging. The repackaged mouthwash has been available in select German and Austrian pharmacies and supermarkets since May.

“We chose Elopak’s carton packaging for various reasons,” explains Dr. Louis Bahlmann, CEO and co-founder of Luoro. “On the one hand, because of the significant reduction in plastic compared to a conventional plastic bottle. On the other hand, because this packaging is mainly made from wood, a renewable raw material, and therefore has a low carbon footprint. And we were also impressed by the recyclability.”

Another recent development saw Sainsbury’s package its 750ml own-brand laundry detergents in home-recyclable cardboard cartons. This move is anticipated to halve the carbon emissions of the detergent range and contribute towards a reduction of 22 tonnes of household plastic waste every year.

On another note, Qualvis Packaging and Sun Chemical have created a fibre-based and recyclable truffle carton for Whitakers, featuring aqueous varnish and bio-renewable inks; and SIG has commenced operations at its aseptic carton packaging production plant in Queretaro. It is set to produce 500 million carton packs in its first year, with the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative reportedly certifying 100% of the aluminium used to manufacture them.

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