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Plastic Possibilities: MIT-Developed Coating’s Surprising Usefulness

Article-Plastic Possibilities: MIT-Developed Coating’s Surprising Usefulness

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What's new with LiquiGlide? Colgate's revolutionary toothpaste bottle, ready-to-use optimized containers, and a whole lot more.
A podcast interview with LiquiGlide CEO Dave Smith reveals exciting developments for the super-slippery coating for containers, catheters, biologics, and more.

You may have heard of LiquiGlide as a kind of miracle coating for containers that makes nearly 100% of viscous products that consumers typically struggle to remove to slide off surfaces cleanly as if by magic from bottles, tubes, and other type of containers. These include lotions, creams, toothpaste, conditioners, ketchup, and other products. Notably, that makes the empty packaging essentially recycle-ready when applicable.

It turns out those more obvious uses only scratch the surface of what this technology developed in the labs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) brings to the table. In this podcast interview, LiquiGlide CEO Dave Smith discusses…

  • A thumbnail history of the technology;
  • Colgate’s groundbreaking toothpaste bottle;
  • Moving products such as creams or concentrates from jars to squeeze bottles;
  • Innovative new, ready-for-market LiquiGlide-optimized packaging;
  • Emerging markets for the coating in catheters, medical devices, and processing operations.



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