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Flexible water bottle reduces packaging

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Flexible water bottle reduces packaging
DolphinSmartpack is a flexible, light-weight pack for water.
In Use – The pack is manufactured by Smartpack International and is already used for water by Dolphin in the Netherlands.

Packaging Reduction, Product Waste Reduction

Product Categories

Relevant Materials
Plastic – Flexible

Relevant Packaging Formats
Flexible & Films

Supply Chain Phase
Consumer, Design


DolphinSmartpack is a flexible, light-weight alternative for on-the-go water consumption. The pack is light, easy to use, and recyclable. The Dolphin Smartpack’s closure design also makes the packaging suitable for use during sports, dancing and other activities as the package uses a patented non-spill tear-and-sip closure instead of an attached spout that can drip. The pouch manufacturers are also targeting the children's market because it enables children to drink water without spillage. The manufacturers claim that the 250ml size is ideal for schools, vending-machines, gas stations and public events.
Printing is direct onto the pack, so the extra material and processing required for the production and application of a label is not required.

Potential Benefits

After the Dolphin water is consumed, only a small, flat piece of film remains. This increases the sustainability of the package as there is less material to be sent to landfill. Additionally, the package design does not require separate label application and associated eco-impacts.
It is light, easy to use, and recyclable where facilities exist. The 250ml size, says SmartPack, is ideal for school, vending-machines, gas stations and public events.

Intellectual Property

The pack was developed jointly by water supplier Dolphin and Dutch packager Smartpack International BV.

Consultant View

The non-spill closure of this product is a particularly useful feature for a flexible pack that makes it highly suitable for on-the-go consumption and the lunch-box market. Currently used for water, this pack has the potential to be used for many different soft drinks products.

Contacts and Further Information

Company contact details:
Smartpack International BV
Postbus 116 5730
AC Mierlo
The Netherlands
Tel: +31(0)492-430668 Fax

Technology contact:
Tijs Berkvens
Mob: +31(0)6-51143119

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