japanese global printing company toppan has developed a paper-made tube container that reduces the amount of plastic by 50% compared to a conventional laminated tube for toothpaste, etc.. the company has managed to reduce the body thickness of the tube from 0.3 mm, which is usually the size of a typical laminated version, to 0.1 mm, thanks to the use of paper. furthermore, by reviewing the plastic parts of the tube’s head, it is possible to reduce the amount of plastic used to 65%. the environmentally-friendly product improves convenience for consumers, and can be used as packaging for the food, cosmetics and medicine industries.
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toppan has used paper for the body of the tube container to reduce the amount of plastic by 50%, while it is possible to minimize it even further by reviewing the plastic parts of the head. though the amount of plastic used may lessen, by utilizing the stiffness of the paper, a firm shape can be maintained even if the content decreases. in addition, the process of folding the body into an envelope reduces the elasticity when gripping the body, making the contents easier to squeeze than conventional laminated tubes. furthermore, by horizontally designing the plastic part of the spout, compared to the conventional laminated tube, it is easier to squeeze the contents to the end.