Sustainability and recyclability are the megatrends of the future. Especially in the packaging sector, not all possibilities have been exhausted.
The current packaging materials law of the BMUV still allows that 5% of the components of a packaging must not yet be fully compostable by the year 2030. Put simply, there are currently gaps in the law here where there is a grey area.
We have already started thinking about the future and have developed a packaging material that is 100% ecodegradable. But it also offers many other advantages for the processor of packaging materials.
Our “EP” materials consist of base paper made from FSC® certified raw materials, as well as the pre-impregnation , which positively influences the feel of the paper. The coating, of these packaging materials is free of petrochemical components and therefore 100% ecological.
The manufacturing process for the production of bags also offers great advantages without the use of latex. For example, the material with its special coating is heat sealable, can be easily and permanently bonded by means of a heat seal without the need for another process step or auxiliary materials. Due to the one-sided coating on the inside of the bag to be produced, it is still easy to print on from the outside and due to the excellent elongation in machine direction (MD) of 6.5%, it offers very good machinability on printing presses and flowpack systems.
Another major advantage of the material is its water vapor barrier (MVTR), as it protects products inside the packaging from moisture. Accordingly, it can also be used to package powders or dry foodstuffs, for example. ISEGA certification, which promises that all ingredients are safe for contact with food, is also available. In addition, previous processing of the paper has shown an extremely low tendency to dust. Printing machines sometimes have to be cleaned frequently during printing – with our material, the machine can be operated up to 5 times longer than with market competitors.
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