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A Focus on Paper Tapes: Water Activated vs. Air-Activated

When it comes to packaging solutions, sustainability is the name of the game. Among the range of new solutions reaching the market each year, paper tapes have emerged as a popular choice for sealing boxes, affixing labels and even bundling goods securely. 

To help you make the right choice as you transition to plastic-free tape options, we've listed the key differences between water-activated and air-activated paper tapes, and the performance benefits of the industry’s most popular eco-tape choices.

Paper Tape Solutions: The Current Go-to Products

Self-Adhesive - Air-Activated Options

Semi-Crepe Paper Hand Tape

Self-Adhesive Semi-Crepe Paper Hand Tape

Self-Adhesive Semi-Crepe Paper Hand Tape is a versatile option for sealing boxes. Its semi-crepe paper construction provides excellent flexibility and tear resistance, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. This tape boasts a strong adhesive backing, ensuring your packages stay securely sealed during transit. With its eco-friendly composition, Boxbond™ semi-crepe tapes are a sustainable choice for businesses looking to reduce their environmental footprint.

Kraft Paper Hand Tape

Self-Adhesive Kraft Paper Hand Tape

For businesses seeking a more natural look, Self-Adhesive Kraft Paper Hand Tape is an excellent option. Made from Kraft Paper, this tape provides a rustic, earthy aesthetic while maintaining robust sealing capabilities. The self-adhesive backing ensures easy application, saving time and effort during the packing process. With its eco-centric design, Boxbond™ Kraft Paper options are a perfect fit for environmentally-conscious businesses.

Reinforced Self-Adhesive Kraft Paper

Reinforced Self-Adhesive Kraft Paper Tape

For heavy-duty applications, Reinforced Self-Adhesive Kraft Paper Tape is the go-to choice. This tape is reinforced with glass fibre threads, providing exceptional strength and tear resistance. It's designed to withstand the rigours of shipping and transportation, making it ideal for sealing packages with sharp edges or high-impact contents. The self-adhesive backing ensures easy application, and its kraft paper composition aligns perfectly with eco-conscious packaging practices.

Gummed Paper Tape - Water-Activated

Gummed Paper Tape

Gummed paper tape, also known as water-activated tape, is a time-tested packaging solution. It requires water for activation, which activates the adhesive on the tape's backing, creating a strong, tamper-evident seal. Gummed paper tape is made from renewable materials, making it an eco-friendly choice for businesses looking to minimise their environmental impact.

Looking for swift, consistent options for dispensing? Check out our gummed paper tape dispensers now. 

Faster Dispensing with the grip® Water-Activated Tape Dispenser

 grip® Water-Activated Tape Dispenser

While going green with your material choices is an essential step for reducing your carbon footprint, ensuring your workflow efficiency and performance levels remain high is crucial. That’s where the grip® Water-Activated Tape Dispenser comes in.

The grip® Dispenser allows for precise application that minimises tape wastage while ensuring more consistent application, improving packing efficiency, saving time and reducing resources in the long run.

Adding a further layer of efficiency to packing operations, the grip® Dispenser’s tape strips offer a strong, secure seal, making them an excellent choice for businesses seeking reliable packing without the use of plastic. The tape’s activated adhesive forms a tamper-evident seal, providing an extra layer of security during transit. The dispensed tape is both durable and made from renewable materials, since it's biodegradable and can be recycled, aligning perfectly with sustainable packaging practices. 

Other Paper Tape Options and Innovations

Allpack - Bespoke Tape

In addition to the aforementioned options, we offer a wide range of off-the-shelf and bespoke paper tapes tailored to specific packaging needs. From reinforced options for heavy-duty applications to coloured tapes and printed products for branding purposes, there's a tape for every need. Moreover, we continuously explore innovative materials and technologies to stay at the forefront of sustainable packaging solutions.

Eco-Packaging Solutions from Allpack

Need inspiration for eco-friendly packaging? Explore Allpack's latest sustainable solutions, browse our vegan-friendly product range, or delve into our innovations in green practices and efficiency-driven products by downloading our Sustainable Packaging Guide.

To delve deeper into how Allpack can assist you in elevating your packaging sustainability and reduce your environmental impact, reach out to us today. Contacting us is simple; just drop us a message or email to being the ransition towards more sustainable operations.