The demand for sustainable and 100% recyclable packaging is growing like never before, and this includes in the premium spirits market. At Smurfit Kappa, we are always striving to meet customers’ changing demands and our new 100% recyclable drinks packaging solution, the Smurfit Kappa Eco-Tube, is a perfect example. We recently developed this revolutionary product, providing a more sustainable paper tube packaging solution and which allows the traditional paper tube to be 100% recyclable within normal consumer recycling schemes.
The Eco-Tube means that premium spirit packaging can now be fully recyclable, so companies don’t have to choose between quality and sustainability. It is widely recognised that paper tube packaging, particularly in the drinks industry, offers many benefits such as on-shelf disruption. Now, this can all be achieved with recyclable packaging. The Smurfit Kappa Composites team recently completed a project for The Clydeside Distillery, which was the first ever fully branded, 100% recyclable drinks packaging solution that we have launched for the whisky market.
Premium Recyclable Packaging For The Clydeside Distillery
The Clydeside Distillery was the first dedicated Single Malt Whisky distillery in the city of Glasgow, for over 100 years. Smurfit Kappa have worked closely with their sister company, A Dewar Rattray, on many previous packaging projects so welcomed the opportunity to work with The Clydeside Distillery.
The distillery was in the process of launching their first single malt whisky, Stobcross, and needed the perfect premium drinks packaging solution. As the inaugural Single Malt from The Clydeside Distillery, Stobcross needed packaging which was high-quality, luxurious, and showcased its uniqueness. At the same time, The Clydeside Distillery wanted to ensure their packaging was sustainable, so the Eco-Tube was the perfect fit. When The Clydeside team first came to us, they wanted the traditional values of tube packaging including strength and shelf presence.
The packaging for Stobcross was our first branded Eco-Tube launched to market. The finished result is a stylish tube which carefully protects the product and stands out on shelves and in stores. The Clydeside Distillery opted for a design that represents the maritime history of Glasgow, which truly reflects their brand and product. Stobcross is currently sold in The Clydeside Distillery shop and on their website, and the company is planning an international rollout over the coming months.
100% Recyclable Paper Tube Packaging
Smurfit Kappa Composites devised the Eco-Tube under our Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging initiative. We recognised the increased pressure that drinks manufacturers are