Leading Advancement in Water Soluble Direct Thermal Technology

Direct thermal technology offers an environmentally friendly alternative to standard thermal transfer printing process by eliminating the use of ink, ribbon and toner.

Direct thermal printers apply heat to specific areas of a paper’s specially coated surface. A chemical reaction occurs when heat is applied to the coated paper in order to create a blackened imprint. Direct thermal print technology is most commonly used to create identification labels, bar codes, shipping labels, and other frequently used items such as receipts.

Our Innovation

After years of research and development, SmartSolve is excited to announce the creation of a new and improved direct thermal water soluble material. This breakthrough coating advancement has allowed us to achieve unprecedented direct thermal print quality without compromising our material's patented dispersion characteristics.

Previously, our direct thermal material displayed a lighter print impression when compared to traditional non water soluble labels. However, given SmartSolve’s recent advancement, well-defined black imprints can now be printed on a dissolving substrate for no additional charge!  

Environmental Sustainability

SmartSolve Direct Thermal HD material is:

  • Independently tested and approved as ‘Green’ against 36 lists derived from national and international authoritative bodies

  • Free from restricted and harmful substances to humans and the environment

  • Free from any Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) in conjunction with Commission Regulation (EU) No 757/2010

  • Certified through the Forest Steward Council (FSC) Forest Management and Chain of Custody

  • Compliant with 21CFR 175.105 regulations concerning indirect food contact

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Featured SmartSolve Innovation: Water Soluble Sticks

Our team strives to create innovative bio-based, water soluble material solutions for customers in various industries. One of our latest material advancements is the creation of water soluble sticks. This material can be produced in either 2.5mm or 5mm thicknesses. SmartSolve sticks are durable and will easily disperse in any water temperature.

Do you have a product idea that could utilize this technology? Could this innovation help your business lead the way in your industry?

To receive additional information about our water-soluble sticks or to request a complementary sample, please contact us!


A Message From Our Director

Every day we have the privilege of working on new opportunities for a more sustainable future. Our team smiles at the future as we get to work with some of the best customers in the world. Thank you for being one of them!

Our bio-based, biodegradable, compostable water soluble paper based substrate is part of the solution for a Circular Economy. While the global community strives to resolve some of the more ominous packaging issues, SmartSolve materials are becoming increasingly used as an alternative to plastics.

If you have any ideas for our materials, however crazy, we would love to hear from you! It is our deepest pleasure to work alongside of you to help you achieve your goals. — Jonathan


Are you attending SPC Advance 2019?

SPC Advance is an exclusive event that provides Sustainable Packaging Coalition members with an extraordinary opportunity to create unity and synergy around current global sustainability movements.

Members will gather in Denver, Colorado for three days of collaborative workshops and events centered around new sustainable packaging paradigms.

Be sure to visit booth number 17 to learn more about SmartSolve’s mission to go beyond recycling in order to make the world a better place for future generations! Learn more!


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