The Dow Chemical Company and PumpArt System have teamed up to drive the development of the patented Tubairless tube, which claims to minimise waste and help protect the product formula, into the food and beverage sector.
Already popular with cosmetics companies in Europe, an agreement made in Dow’s Pack Studios Centre in Horgen, Switzerland, means the technology will now be extended to the food and beverage sector.
The French packaging designer PumpArt, crowdfunded by Wiseed, believes that traditional tubes have a tendency to only dispense around 75-80 per cent of their contents, which leaves consumers frustrated. The company says Tubairless was created to bridge the gap between plastics tubes, soft pouches and airless pump bottles.
The company says that it is the first airless squeezable tube without a pump that offers a high evacuation rate. It claims that this reduces product waste by up to 80 per cent.
The tube’s venthole design is said to have flow control, efficient dispensing even on thick formulas, and ease of use in any 360degposition. In addition, the shape of the tube is retained until the last drop.
Says Fabrice Digonnet, EMEA lead for new business development at Dow: “Pack Studios is designed to help operators throughout the value chain increase efficiency of distribution and reduce waste through well-designed packaging. The Tubairless is driven by environmental responsibility and also delivers more consumer convenience, excellent ergonomics and enhanced preservation of ingredients.”
It is therefore a safe option for air-sensitive products and uses less raw materials for manufacturing, meaning the tubes are lighter. This reduces the carbon footprint from transport and makes it a viable sustainable solution.