Winner of the 2013 International Cleantech Open Ideas Competition (Chemistry & Advanced Materials Global Ideas category); 2nd place (Overall)
Aerosols and continuous dispensers are widely used to dispense materials as sprays, foams, or gels. More than 12 billion aerosols are sold annually worldwide (FEA 2012 Annual Report) and dispense products for personal care, household, technical items, food, pharmaceuticals, and more.
Aerosols provide an efficient and convenient user experience. But, safety risks; packaging limitations; added production, storage, and transportation costs; and pressure from green organizations and government regulations — all due to the use of pressurized gas — are driving consumer product manufacturers and brand companies to search for environmentally friendly, safer, and more cost-effective dispensing solutions.
GreenSpense’s Eco-Sleeve enables gas-free continuous dispensing that eliminates the need for pressurized canisters and maintains the desired convenient user experience. The Eco-Sleeve generates high pressure (that is directed to the center of the package only) and enables innovative packaging designs with low-cost, recyclable materials such as plastic or cardboard. Easy to implement in production lines, the patent-pending technology works with dual-compartment dispensers, exerting consistent pressure throughout the entire dispensing process.
According to the European Aerosol Federation, more than 12 billion aerosol units are manufactured worldwide each year, generating over $40 billion in end-product sales (2010-2011 annual report).
Industry experts estimate the dual-compartment segment of the aerosol market currently accounts for about 15% of aerosol units. Sales of dual-compartment packaging components are estimated at $1.4 billion annually. The flexible packaging market (collapsible tubes and squeeze bottles) is estimated to reach $70 billion by 2015.
Propellant-free dispensing technology
1st place: 2013 International Cleantech Open Ideas Competition, Chemistry & Advanced Materials; 2nd place: Overall
Stage: Technology development
Founded: December 2011
Investor: The Trendlines Group
IP: 5 patents submitted; additional patents in process
Achievements: Completed sleeve development
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