SmartSolve's Innovative Water Soluble Technology, Part 3: Engineering

SmartSolve provides a series of water-soluble, eco-friendly paper materials that can be used for packaging and labeling. Manufacturers and sellers can customize these materials by choosing multiple thicknesses, coatings, and configurations to suit the needs of the product and enhance the customer experience.

SmartSolve's unique water-soluble technology was developed by combining its three core competencies of materials, science, and engineering.

In the first part of this series, we explored our various materials choices, the way they function and their distinct benefits. In the second part of the series, we reviewed how science plays a role in helping our clients find the right solution to fit their needs.

In this third part, we'll take a deeper look at the ways that the engineering core competency helps clients customize environmentally-friendly solutions.

Where Materials and Science Meet Engineering

Once a company has examined the wide variety of eco-friendly packaging and labeling materials that SmartSolve offers (Face StockLabel StockBoard StockPouchesWater-Soluble Thread), our team ensures that our solutions are the right fit for the product and can help achieve the specified goals.

During the Engineering Phase, our goal is to dig deeper into the ways that the choice of packaging and labeling materials can help overcome challenges and innovate in a way that separates the company from its competitors.

Our engineering team has already deployed its expertise early in the product development process but will continue to work with the company to ensure that the chosen solution delivers the game-changing innovations that end-users are seeking.

Make a Difference with Eco-Friendly Solutions

According to a national study conducted by IPSOS and the Paper and Packaging Board, 7 in 10 consumers (72%) admit that packaging can influence their purchasing choices. Going even further, 67% say that they are influenced by the materials that a product is packaged in, and more consumers are placing weight on such things as the sustainability and recyclability of materials.

SmartSolve's revolutionary products offer both companies and their customers hope for a more sustainable future. These next-generation environmentally-friendly labeling and packing solutions allow companies to create a unique experience for their customers and set the standard in a world that has become more discerning.

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Learn more about how our eco-friendly, bio-based products can enhance your business. You'll not only have the opportunity to choose from a variety of water-soluble solutions but also have the benefit of a team of professionals that will help ensure that your choice meets the needs of you and your customers.

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Connect with SmartSolve today to begin exploring our line of bio-based, eco-friendly products. During your consultation with our scientific team, you can learn more about how a water-soluble solution can benefit your business.

If your business is looking for labeling, packaging and other sustainable, water-soluble products, consider SmartSolve.

SmartSolve's Innovative Water-Soluble Technology, Part 2: Science

SmartSolve has developed a family of eco-friendly, water-soluble paper materials used for labeling and packaging. These materials are available in multiple coatings, thicknesses, and configurations to meet the various needs of clients and their customers.

SmartSolve's innovative water-soluble technology was developed through the combination of the three core competencies of materials, science, and engineering.

In the first part of this series, we explored the various unique materials we offer, the functions they provide, and the many benefits they deliver. In this part of the series, we're taking a more in-depth look at the science behind our unique process of helping companies find the right water-soluble products to suit its needs.

Moving Beyond Materials to Science

SmartSolve offers a wide range of materials, each of which serves a particular purpose and helps achieve goals such as sustainability, labor savings, employee safet, and product portioning.

Once a company narrows down the right product for their needs (Board StockPouchesLabel StockFace StockWater-Soluble Thread), it's time for science to step in. Our team asks some questions that will help ensure that SmartSolve is the perfect fit for a product:

  • Do dispersion times need to be sped up or slowed down?

  • Is there a specific amount of powder or granular substance that a pouch must hold?

  • How can our packaging meet sustainability goals?

Our SmartSolve team thoroughly coordinates its scientific resources to provide companies with a detailed material analysis and delivers answers to any technical questions during the product development process.

Become an Innovator and Market Leader

Whether a company is just bringing a product to market or wants to make some changes to the packaging of an existing product, SmartSolve's water-soluble technology presents a unique opportunity.

According to one recent study, 84% of consumers place tremendous value on recyclable packaging options, and a large majority make recycling a priority. Not only do these solutions help differentiate companies from their peers, but they also provided the advantages needed to achieve market share and other business goals.

Go Beyond Recycling™

Connect with SmartSolve today to begin exploring our line of bio-based, eco-friendly products. During your consultation with our scientific team, you can learn more about how a water-soluble solution can benefit your business.

If your business is looking for labeling, packaging, and other sustainable, water-soluble products, consider SmartSolve.

Be on the lookout for part three, as we explore our next main competency: Engineering

SmartSolve's Innovative Water-Soluble Technology, Part 1: Materials

SmartSolve’s unique brand of innovative water-soluble technology can help companies and businesses reach several important goals, including sustainability and employee safety. When it comes to developing and creating a strong gallery of water-soluble solutions, we incorporate three main competencies that are vital to the efficiency of our products: materials, science and engineering.

In part one of this series, we will explore the first main competency—materials. Specifically, the wide range of materials we offer, their purposes, and the numerous benefits they can provide.

A Variety of Materials

Our bio-based, water-soluble innovations are available in a wide variety of materials. While each of these materials have their own specific purpose, they all share a part in the general mission to help companies meet their sustainability goals.

  • Face Stock. We provide uncoated face stock that dissolves in water in mere seconds and is available in a variety of thicknesses. The material can be upgraded with several custom coatings. 

  • Label Stock. Our direct thermal pressure sensitive label stock is also water-soluble and is designed for use on a direct thermal printer. All SmartSolve label stock material leaves no adhesive residue material behind, making it an ideal solution for reusable containers.

  • Pouches. SmartSolve’s water-soluble pouches have the advantage of using hot seal coating to protect users from exposure to medical applications, agro chemicals and dry chemicals. In addition, these pouches have a strong selection of coatings and configurations, providing products with flexible packaging that can be altered and changed depending on the purpose.

  • Water-Soluble Thread. Our synthetic PVA thread is perfect for packaging with hang tags, as well as quilting and crafts. This water-soluble thread dissolves in water in around 30 seconds and has shelf life of 12 months.

  • Board Stock. SmartSolve’s water-soluble board stock can be converted to corrugated boxes, hang tags, backer boards, pillow packs and more. It has strong printing and graphics capabilities for any packaging and has a thickness of up to 30pt.

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Benefits of Our Materials

SmartSolve’s numerous materials—all using water-soluble innovation—offer several benefits. Some of the areas where the incorporation of our products can be beneficial include:

  • Sustainability

  • Employee Safety

  • Labor Savings

  • Product Portioning

Go Beyond Recycling™

Are you interested in water-soluble products for your company? Connect with SmartSolve today to explore our line of eco-friendly, water-soluble products and learn How2Recycle for the good of our planet!

Be on the lookout for part two, as we explore our next main competency: Science

SmartSolve Passes Marine Biodegradation Standards

In a recent study conducted by California State University, SmartSolve’s biodegradable material was compared to a sample of pure cellulose and bacterial polyesters known for being biodegradable. The biodegradability of waste materials in an ocean environment is important due to the potential impact on the environment and the lifeforms that inhabit it. The conclusion of the experiment found that SmartSolve material passed the established marine biodegradation standards with honors.

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The Impact of Ocean Pollution

Insoluble waste such as plastic has a significant impact on the planet’s oceans. Its presence in the ocean disrupts the lives of the vast number of organisms that live in the seas or along the coasts. Whales, dolphins, turtles, fish, and other sea life come into contact with the plastic products, which can either strangle or harm them without a viable way to remove the obstructions. The toxins created by the waste can also affect their health. What makes these products particularly dangerous is both how their presence can wipe out entire species and their permanence in these environments due to their insoluble nature.

The Experiment

CSU’s experiment, initiated by Canaima Technologies and conducted by the university’s Chico Research Foundation, sought to understand the biodegradation of certain materials under standards set by ASTM International’s biodegradation guidelines, ATSM D7081-05.

The samples, one gram of SmartSolve paper and one gram of the ordinary paper, were added to separate jars with 100 ml of ocean water and five grams of ocean soil, at the temperature of 30 degrees Celsius for 182 days. The degradation process was examined weekly via examination of carbon dioxide (CO2), pure cellulose, and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs; a bacterial polyester that is known for its biodegradability), were used as reference points.

The Results

The results of the experiment demonstrated that the SmartSolve material passed the marine biodegradation standards set by ATSM D7081-05 with honors.

The researchers found that the material degraded around 30% more than the celluloid. In fact, the SmartSolve paper sample achieved the required 90% degradation after only 82 days. This is half the time that was originally set up in the test.

Based on these findings, the specialists concluded that SmartSolve degrades at a much faster rate than natural, bacterial polyesters such as cellulose and PHAs.

Make the Safest Choice

As you can see, SmartSolve’s material effectively biodegrades to decrease the negative impact on the ocean caused by plastic pollutants. SmartSolve can help you significantly reduce that harm by converting your products and packaging to SmartSolve’s bio-based material that can help save our oceans and our planet.

Go Beyond Recycling™

Connect with SmartSolve today to explore our line of eco-friendly, water-soluble bio-based products and learn How2Recycle for the good of our planet!

Looking for packaging, labeling, and other eco-friendly, water-soluble products?

Consider SmartSolve.

Contact us today to request samples or to receive a quote.

SmartSolve Board Stock Provides Infection Protection

Despite the importance of preventative colorectal cancer screenings, there are still many unpleasant patient experiences throughout the testing process. 

  • Traditional stool collection procedures often neglect suggested hygiene practices. 

  • Complications can easily arise during the process, through specimen contamination or other means which will compromise the specimen’s accuracy.

  • The overall process of sample collection is rather unpleasant given the nature of procuring a stool sample. 

To resolve these issues, SmartSolve water-soluble board stock provides an environmentally sustainable solution with the FlushAway Single-Use Stool Collector™.

Importance and Risks of Screenings

The process of colorectal screening – or checking healthy people for cancer – may seem simple, but it is often fraught with complexity and uncertainty. Some testing, for instance, may not only be invasive and uncomfortable but may also harm the patient in the process. Many individuals are hesitant to take the preventative plunge which may be why colon cancer kills nearly 50,000 Americans each year. The medical community understands that early screening could prevent a great number of these deaths so they continue to search for new methods to improve the comprehensive screening process and its effectiveness.

For example, in one study, researchers tracked a group of nearly 89,000 individuals for approximately 22 years. Throughout the duration of this study, researchers discovered that individuals who participated in routine screenings, including colonoscopy, were 56% less likely to develop colon cancer than those who did not receive screenings. Another experiment concluded that individuals who participate in yearly stool sample reviews are 32% less likely to develop colon cancer than patients who opt for standard medical care.

Despite the lifesaving benefits of bowel cancer screenings for patients, current collection methods can place healthcare professionals at risk. Traditional sample methods can expose workers to dangerous pathogens and bacteria which can lead to infections and serious illness. Additional complications, such as specimen contamination or incomplete samples, can even require longer, more elaborate collection procedures. The overall colorectal screening process is generally renowned for being unpleasant for all parties involved.

Benefits of FlushAway Stool Collector

After identifying many of these challenges, SmartSolve has collaborated with McCormack Innovations to go beyond the traditional colorectal screening process. Through this collaboration, they have created the FlushAway Stool Collector, an easy to use device that resolves many of these issues:

  • Reduces specimen contamination and sample exposure risks

  • Simplifies the sample collection procedure while reducing potential complications

  • Water-soluble board stock is flushable and environmentally sustainable

  • Unique design will accommodate both hospital and residential sample collection

By assembling the device according to the instructions, patients can form the collection dish and place it directly in the toilet. They can then take their specimen sample and simply flush the devise and its contents away once the stool is collected.

This product is currently designed to fit European facilities; however, a new design will soon be released to accommodate American plumbing standards. The FlushAway Stool Collector by SmartSolve increases the safety and efficiency of lifesaving colorectal screening procedures. 

If you would like to learn more about this product or other bio-based water-soluble solutions, contact SmartSolve today.

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Connect with SmartSolve today to explore our line of eco-friendly, water-soluble products and learn How2Recycle for the good of our planet!

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Featured SmartSolve Innovation

SmartSolve has recently partnered with McCormack Innovations to change the way patients and healthcare institutions conduct bowel cancer screenings. Even though many individuals understand the importance of early Colorectal Cancer detection, the screening process still presents rather unpleasant challenges for both patients and medical professionals alike. The FlushAway Stool Collector was designed with these challenges in mind and makes stool sampling easy whether the patient is testing at home or in a hospital setting. Simply form the dish according to the package instructions, place the unit in the toilet, take the requested stool sample, and flush the devise and its contents away. It is that simple. LEARN MORE…


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SPC Impact 2019

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