SLIPS Zero from Adaptive Surface Technologies has an ultra-thin slippery surface that allows containers to be emptied completely.


  • Reduced waste
  • Food safe


  • Manufacturing
  • Food & beverage packaging

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

The Challenge

Plastic containers filled with viscous liquid are often not completely emptied. The contents stick to the inside of the container, reducing the amount the consumer can use, and increasing the amount wasted. This oftentimes also makes the containers more difficult to clean and recycle.

Innovation Details

The SLIPS® Zero™ system has a polymeric coating that is applied to the container walls and a liquid lubricant layer that is held in place by the polymeric substrate. The lubricant layer enables the coating to remain permanently wet, causing the liquids to easily slide off and out of the container.

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Biological Model

Pitcher plants trap insects and other small prey when they land on the rounded rim of the pitcher and fall in, ending up in a pool of digestive juices. The surface of the rounded rim is especially slippery, making it difficult for insects to grab hold and escape. The pitcher owes its slipperiness to a thin wet film on the surface, which drastically reduces friction between the plant and insect feet.