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SmartSolve Water Soluble Pouches

Many brands are switching to eco-friendly product packaging, and for good reasons. Consumers are more environmentally conscious than ever and looking for brands that align with their values. According to a survey by McKinsey & Company, 60-70% of consumers said they would pay more for products with sustainable packaging.

Looking for product pouches that reflect the quality of your product while still being safe for the environment? Keep reading to learn more about water-soluble pouches.


SmartSolve’s water-soluble pouches, also known as dissolvable pouches or sachets, are a proprietary product that disperses completely in water with no adhesive residue. A heat-seal coating retains the pouch shape, and pouches will disperse in seconds, regardless of water temperature.

SmartSolve pouches can hold any dry product, including powders, granules and other objects that are void of liquid or condensation.


SmartSolve’s eco-friendly product pouches are comprised of bio-based wood pulp fibers sourced from FSC-certified forests. The active ingredient in our water-soluble pouch is carboxymethyl cellulose, a safe, food-grade powder which is most commonly used in chewing gum. These dissolving pouches are non-toxic and biodegradable, functioning more effectively with a smaller environmental impact than similar plastic-based products, such as PVA or PVOH.


While sometimes referred to as “dissolving pouches,” the material technically undergoes a dispersion process. Once the pouches come in contact with water, the dispersion process begins. The adhesive completely dissolves while the wood pulp fibers begin to separate and return to their original bio-based state. Biodegradable materials are a lower-impact alternative to traditional plastics, as they are designed to transform into substances that can be recognized and utilized by living organisms once they are disposed.

SmartSolve’s 3X15 pouch material has passed the five GD4 flushability tests used to certify toilet paper and wipes, meaning the material is safe to go down the drain. The dissolved pouch material is safe for the environment and fish, meeting marine biodegradation standards and the EPA’s Ecological Risk Assessment.



SmartSolve offers a range of water-soluble pouch packaging options that are suitable for many different dry product types, from detergent packs and personal care items to building chemicals. Unlike PVA, a petroleum-derived material commonly used for laundry detergent pods, water-soluble pouches can register print with water-soluble ink. While packaging is normally thrown away before a product is used, dissolvable pouches provide the unprecedented advantage of consumers seeing your branding in the last moments of the product lifecycle.

Personal care brands like Daye and Harry’s have seen viral success on social media from campaigns featuring SmartSolve’s flushable, “disappearing” pouches, exposing the brands to a new, growing audience of eco-conscious consumers.


Our dissolving pouches are designed to deliver a pre-portioned product - sometimes even without the need to physically open the package. Many water-soluble products require careful handling, and some of these items can’t be exposed to air and other contaminants before use. SmartSolve’s water-soluble pouches eliminate the need for human contact while preserving the integrity of pouched products. They also protect end users from exposure to potentially harmful substances that are meant for use with water.


Eco-friendly packaging has many advantages in commercial applications. SmartSolve’s dissolving pouches give organizations the potential for zero waste practices and make a great alternative to single-use plastics. Making the switch to greener product pouches can increase consumer confidence, attract new customers who support sustainable brands and alleviate the environmental impact of traditional product packaging. Choosing environmentally-friendly business practices can also qualify your organization for tax benefits.


For dry products, SmartSolve’s water-soluble pouch technology holds distinct benefits over plastic-based and other packaging types. If your business is looking for sustainable, water-soluble paper, packaging or labeling, get in touch with our team today and learn how our solutions can work for your business.





When one of our personal products customers approached us with a unique application—a water soluble pouch for a body wash product—they sought proof of flushability to ensure that the entire solution was safe for the environment, packaging included.

Since our world’s wastewater systems unfortunately are filled with items that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, but are, such as sanitary napkins and non-flushable wipes, this personal product firm wanted to guarantee that all aspects of their product offering would be zero waste. 

That’s when they turned to us.


We worked with SGS-ISP Testing, an international testing lab that offers flushability testing per the Fourth Edition of the Guidelines for Assessing the Flushability of Disposable Nonwoven Products (GD4) from the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry (INDA) and the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA).

SGS-ISP Testing ran five tests with our 3x15 heat seal printed pouches including:

  1. FG501: Toilet and Drainline Clearance Test, which evaluates whether or not a nonwoven product can safely clear toilet and building drainage lines.

  2. FG502: Slosh Box Disintegration Test, which tests if a nonwoven product disintegrates when exposed to mechanic agitation in water.

  3. FG503: Household Pump Test, which assesses if nonwoven products are compatible with household sewage ejector pump systems.

  4. FG504: Setting Test, which measures if nonwoven products can settle in septic tanks, sumps, setting chambers, and on-site aerobic systems.

  5. FG507: Municipal Pump Test, which tests if nonwoven products are compatible with municipal sewage pumping systems.

Because these flushability standards don’t normally apply to paper, we ran a modified version of this testing method and only tested five out of seven standard properties because the other two did not apply to our material.


In the end, SGS-ISP Testing found that our water soluble printed pouches passed the five GD4 flushability tests, thus proving safe to flush down the drain.

Note: SmartSolve’s materials cannot be certified for flushability according to these standards since they only apply to wipes and paper towels, two kinds of products we don’t offer. However, since our pouches passed the GD4 tests, our pouches can be flushed without any negative environmental impact.


Once our pouches passed these tests, our customer began using them with their liquid bath product, which is vegan, cruelty-free, and free of sulfates, fillers, phthalates, and parabens.

After consumers open a water soluble pouch while using it in the bath or shower, the pouch begins to dissolve when exposed to water in 40 seconds or less, then washes down the drain.

As a result, our customer can meet their goals of having 100% dissolvable packaging without the use of non-biodegradable or polluting packaging.


Interested in trying out our water soluble pouches for yourself? Request samples today . Or do you have another packaging application that you’d like to discuss? Contact us to get the conversation started.





SmartSolve develops water soluble pouches for various types of products. These pouches are ideal for products that must dissolve in water but may pose risks to end users’ health and safety. Water soluble pouches allow product manufacturers to pre-measure portions and package them neatly in dissolvable single-use pouches. This increases product efficacy while also helping to minimize any potential health or safety risks for the consumer.

Ideal Product Types for Water Soluble Pouches

Consumer trends are constantly changing, and modern life is incredibly fast paced. It may seem challenging to keep up with consumer demands and market trends, but developing unique and effective products that offer value and convenience can help a product-focused business succeed and grow. Some of the best applications for water soluble pouches include:

  • Pouched soap products, which dissolve easily in water for single use.

  • Dishwashing detergent pouches. Consumers have embraced detergent pods and single-use options for dishwashing detergent over traditional boxed powders and bottled liquids.

  • Laundry detergent packs. Similar to dishwashing detergent pouches, water soluble laundry detergent packs allow consumers to easily use detergent for each load of laundry without measuring or touching potentially hazardous cleaning agents.

  • Bath bombs, or dissolving bath salts. These products may irritate skin with direct contact but dissolve safely in water. Water soluble pouches for these products can also create interesting branding opportunities.

  • Children’s toys. Science experiment kits and toys that allow kids to create things from raw materials may include messy or irritating chemicals that kids shouldn’t touch. Water soluble pouches allow kids to enjoy these kits and toys with minimal risk.

  • Insect repellent. Some insect repellents work best when dissolved in water, and some insect traps use water-based solutions to attract and kill insects like flies and mosquitoes. Water soluble pouches allow end users to handle these substances safely.

  • Building chemicals, such as concrete filaments and reinforcing materials. Pre-measured portions of these substances can ensure proper chemical consistency in building materials, meeting building safety standards and safeguarding against code violations.

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Water soluble pouches offer safety, reliability, consistency and value for any consumer product application. SmartSolve provides water soluble materials, package design and product branding for all types of consumer products.

Go Beyond Recycling™

SmartSolve offers functional water soluble pouching materials for countless applications.

Connect with SmartSolve today to begin exploring our line of bio-based, eco-friendly products. During your consultation with our scientific team, you can learn more about how a water-soluble solution can benefit your business.

If your business is looking for labeling, packaging and other sustainable, water soluble products, consider SmartSolve.




SmartSolve offers many different types of water-soluble pouches, each with different properties suitable for different applications. Some products cannot withstand rough handling, while others require specific dosages. Water-soluble pouches allow end users to use these products effectively as intended, without worrying about measuring or careful handling. Additionally, water-soluble pouching materials from SmartSolve deliver fantastic print quality, affording manufacturers with attractive branding on their water-soluble product pouches.

With that in mind, SmartSolve recently updated the naming system for their water-soluble pouch products. Here’s a guide to the letter and number codes that now make up the pouch product names:

  • 3E07 – This pouching material is a 3pt sheet with a very thin adhesive coating. The 3E07 pouching material has excellent print qualities and a relatively strong seal. For manufacturers looking for a good balance of print quality, adhesive security, and dissolving time, the 3E07 is the most-well-rounded water-soluble pouching option SmartSolve offers. 

  • 2X15 – For products that must dissolve quickly in water, the 2X15 pouching material option is ideal. This is SmartSolve’s lightest and fastest-dissolving pouching material available, which includes 2pt water-soluble paper and a slightly thicker adhesive coating than what is used with 3E07 pouching material. 

  • 3X15 – This 3pt water-soluble paper has a slightly longer dissolving time than the 2X15 pouching material, but the adhesive is the same thickness. The thicker paper enables better print quality and a strong seal. SmartSolve ecommerce stock pouches feature the 3X15 material.

  • 2X60 – For a slower dissolving water-soluble pouch, the 2X60 is ideal. This 2pt paper has a thick adhesive coating and the greatest weight bearing capability of any of SmartSolve’s water-soluble, heat-sealable pouching materials.

Why Water-Soluble Pouches?

SmartSolve provides specialized water-soluble pouches for a variety of product-based industries, including:

  • Consumer goods

  • Children’s toys

  • Hazardous powders

  • Industrial chemicals

  • Paint ingredients

  • Construction and concrete supplies

  • Food service

  • Medicine

Water-soluble packing is functional, ecologically responsible, and a necessity for some product manufacturers. Water-soluble packaging enables manufacturers to easily mass-produce individual servings or doses or prepare individual amounts of their products for specific uses, saving customers time and helping keep them safe around some hazardous materials.

Go Beyond Recycling™

SmartSolve offers functional water-soluble pouching materials for countless applications.

Connect with SmartSolve today to begin exploring our line of bio-based, eco-friendly products. During your consultation with our scientific team, you can learn more about how a water-soluble solution can benefit your business.

If your business is looking for labeling, packaging, and other sustainable, water-soluble products, consider SmartSolve.




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The pouching phenomenon is upon us.  

Earlier this year, Freedonia published a study that extolled the virtues of pouches and their future as a mainstay in the flexible packaging industry. Beverage Industry reported that, according to the study, the demand for pouches will grow to over $10 billion by 2020. The overview of the study touches on the portability and sustainability as the primary advantages of the packaging medium.

More specifically, single-use pouches are seeing an increase in popularity—especially with the ever-environmentally-minded millennial set. Generally made from dissolvable PVA, single-use pouches are utilized predominantly in dishwasher and laundry applications and leave behind no environmentally harmful material.

Water soluble single-use pouches are useful in a number of ways. One such example lies in medical or industrial situations where human contact with a specific substance is unnecessary or harmful. The pouches are ideal in that they keep the contents—and user—safe until use. When the contents are needed, the entire pouch can be applied without opening, so as to reduce possible human contact. Moreover, pouches can be supplied in a variety of configurations to accommodate the customer’s unique needs.

In the midst of the surging popularity of this packaging, however, a different dissolvable pouching material has emerged. 

Made with a proprietary water soluble paper and perfect for dry applications, SmartSolve Water Soluble Pouches dissolve easily and completely, in any water temperature, after 30 seconds. And while complete dissolution is an attractive feature, it is not the only environmentally friendly aspect of the paper pouches:

  • The ingredients have individually passed screens for restricted substances and other substances of high concern for human and/or environmental health against numerous (36) lists derived from national and international authoritative bodies (TPCH and CPSIA 2008, OSHA, NIOSH, EU Reach, California Prop 65, IARC, and NTP among others.)

  • The materials used have been approved as inert for both food and non-food use.

  • The pouch ingredients have been screened for restricted substances and are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA.

  • The water-soluble paper employed by SmartSolve uses less petroleum than a traditional PVA pouch.

Competitively priced with PVA pouches, SmartSolve’s Water Soluble Pouches bring a set of advantages to the table that are difficult to ignore. Paper, unlike PVA, is printable. This allows for increased brand visibility, and, as a byproduct, could also alleviate the concern of children mistaking chemicals for candy—an issue which has garnered recent attention due to transparent PVA packaging that reveals colorful chemicals inside. Additionally, with regard to long term storage, water-soluble paper is the more reliable choice for two reasons: first, PVA pouches can stick to each other in certain conditions, whereas paper pouches will not. The second reason: PVA, over time, loses its ability to dissolve while paper retains this quality.

SmartSolve Water Soluble Pouches go beyond recycling. How do you see this evolving technology working for you? Contact us for more information!


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