Smurfit Kappa helps inventors turn vision into eco-friendly tent

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KarTent is a 100% cardboard tent that was invented by two young Dutch entrepreneurs who spotted a growing tendency by festival goers to abandon their tents at the end of the event, creating an enormous waste pile of mostly unrecyclable material. Paper-based packaging specialist, Smurfit Kappa was able to help the pair turn their vision into reality by creating a cardboard tent that is both eco-friendly and convenient.

Due to its design and use of materials, the cardboard structure is reported to be able to absorb up to 400% of its own weight in water and can retain its integrity even in wet conditions, as was proved at some very rainy events last year.

According to Smurfit Kappa, KarTent is also more energy-efficient in production, emitting just half the amount of carbon dioxide of a traditional tent, and is completely recyclable after use.

Jan Portheine, co-founder of KarTent, said: “Being passionate about both music and the environment, I wanted to find a way to make the festival experience more eco-friendly. Working with Smurfit Kappa made it possible to achieve an impossible mission - being able to produce such a unique product. We could never have unlocked the full potential of KarTent without Smurfit Kappa’s input."

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