What is SmartSolve?

SmartSolve encompasses a family of environmentally friendly water soluble paper materials that are produced in multiple thicknesses, coatings and configurations. Bio-based materials are the foundation of SmartSolve's products, providing an ecologically sound solution to your paper and packaging needs.

Which water soluble materials are available through SmartSolve?

From label stock and board stock to thread and tape, SmartSolve can be used in a variety of valuable applications. In addition, SmartSolve materials can be coated with water soluble adhesive that dissolves in water and leaves behind no residue, a heat seal top coating that allows the material to be converted into water soluble containers (such as pouches, tubes and folding cartons) or a direct thermal top coating for use in thermal printers.

SmartSolve’s industry-leading products are created from a wide range of materials, including: 

  • Face material (a variety of thicknesses ranging from 2pt to 30pt)

  • Hang tags and string (used for water soluble hang tags)

  • Boxes and containers (water soluble corrugate and folding cartons)

  • Pouches, tubes and flexible packaging (water soluble paper pouches)

  • Direct thermal labels (water soluble labels are compatible with thermal printers)

  • Pressure-sensitive paper (creates water soluble labels)

  • Water soluble adhesives and inks (used for creating water soluble packaging)

  • Hydrographic technologies (American printed innovations in the water transfer printing industry)


How long does it take for premium SmartSolve materials to disperse?

SmartSolve materials will typically disperse in 40 seconds or less. Our materials will disperse quicker as agitation and water temperatures increase.


What is the difference between SmartSolve heat seal materials and traditional PVA?

SmartSolve heat seal materials are primarily paper based. The paper pouches contain a thin layer of PVA which is used to form and seal the pouches. SmartSolve’s environmentally sustainable paper products offer various benefits when compared to traditional PVA products. Such benefits include direct printability, humidity resistance, and greater material strength when compared to PVA alone.


Do I need special printing capabilities to print on SmartSolve face stock?

SmartSolve water soluble paper is designed to accommodate both professional grade and at-home printers. Traditional ink should have no difficulty bonding to this material. However, if the paper is highly saturated with non-water soluble ink, the ink may slightly pool at the top of the water when the paper is dissolved.

Can rubber stamp ink be used to print on SmartSolve materials?

SmartSolve materials are paper-based. Having this characteristic means that most forms of printing used on a regular paper can also be successfully printed on SmartSolve materials. While rubber stamp ink is not a common form of printing used on SmartSolve materials, there should be no issues using it on this dynamic material. Of course, we always encourage testing before commercializing any print technology with SmartSolve materials.


Can I apply liquid soap to water soluble paper without it dissolving?

Small amounts of liquid soap can be applied to our water soluble paper without causing the paper to break down. Our DIY Paper Soap Using Water Soluble Paper video demonstrates how paper soap can be created with our materials. While we do not sell paper coated with soap, we do however sell the paper used to create paper soap.

Can I purchase customized SmartSolve materials?

SmartSolve is a vertically integrated business capable of creating customized solutions for specific customer applications. Please contact us for additional details regarding our customization options and their accompanying minimum order quantities.


Are SmartSolve materials food grade?

SmartSolve water soluble materials are currently FDA approved for indirect food contact. Our materials can be used in food preparation environments and can be safely applied to the various food containers.


Are SmartSolve materials environmentally sustainable?

All of SmartSolve’s water soluble materials have been independently tested and approved as “green” against 36 lists derived from national and international authoritative bodies. SmartSolve meets the Forest Steward Council (FSC) certification requirements required to sell products as FSC mixed and FSC recycled. SmartSolve materials are also Responsible Forestry-certified by SCS Global Services.


Can I request a small sample of SmartSolve materials?

Yes! We would be delighted to send you a small sample assortment of SmartSolve materials that you can use to determine if they will be compatible with your unique application. If you are interested in receiving samples, please reach out to us through the contact page on our website or feel free to call us directly at 888-788-5085.

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