Water Activated Tape | Safety

How Can Water-Activated Tape Protect My Products?

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By: Better Packages on April 20th, 2016

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E-commerce shopping is facilitating purchases from people all over the world. What was once a local transaction now includes the transportation system shipping products around the globe. Often, shipped products travel through several environments, are transferred among multiple trucks and handled by many people. As a result of all these hand-offs, product safety becomes a significant issue. If you use water-activated tape (also known as gummed tape and paper packaging tape) to seal your cartons, the effects of transportation stress can be mitigated and the safety of your valuable items assured. This article describes the attributes of water-activated tape that can help keep your carton, and therefore your products safe.

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Gummed tape is made primarily of white or natural color (Kraft) paper and a starch-based adhesive. The tape is available in various widths and thicknesses and when reinforced, contains multiple layers of fiberglass. Once the adhesive is activated with water, it penetrates the corrugated carton material and forms a permanent bond with the carton. This bond is critical for product safety because the strong seal eliminates the carton intrusion without detection and eliminates the possibility of the tape to peel off.  

Withstands Multiple Environments

Water-activated tape can be used in dusty, dirty, cold and humid environments and will retain its seal. This is important because the carton's journey may include such environments. Other tapes, such as plastic, pressure-sensitive tape, do not perform well in these environments, leaving products at risk. Without the bonding power of water-activated tape, these tapes simply rest on top of the carton and provide easy entry into the carton.


Theft is a serious product safety issue and unfortunately happens all too often in cartons with a weaker seal. Water-activated tape provides a tamper-evident seal that discourages theft. Plastic, pressure sensitive tape can be easily removed and resealed without anyone any sign of package entry. Upon receipt, the customer finds that items are missing. This problem can be avoided with water-activated tape because of its bonding attributes.

Better Packages | Water-Activated Tape 

Better Packages offers a full line of Better Pack water-activated tape, including reinforced and non-reinforced tape. All tapes create a superior seal on your corrugated cartons, helping to ensure that your products will arrive safely at their final destination.

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About Better Packages

Founded in 1917, Better Packages is a leading manufacturer of tabletop water-activated tape (WAT) dispensers used in carton sealing. Better Packages’ product line includes auto-dispensing electric machines that are used in high volume fulfillment centers, as well as manual dispensers. In the U.S., Better Packages sells through multiple channels that include industrial and packaging distributors and catalog wholesalers, as well as direct to end-user customers. Its distribution network consists of over 160 authorized distributors including Tier 1 shipping and packaging. Better Packages also has another 50 international distributors that service over 70 countries. Better Packages is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intertape Polymer Group (IPG), an acknowledged leader in the packaging industry. IPG sells a full line of Central® water-activated tape, as well as many other premier packaging products.