SUSTAINABLE SURFACE MATERIALS IN GROWING DEMAND
VPF IS EXPANDING ITS RANGE BY NEW PAPER AND FILMS FOR RESOURCE-FRIENDLY LABELS
The labelstock manufacturer VPF GmbH & Co. KG from Sprockhövel has registered a continuously growing demand for resource-friendly packaging solutions. After extensive coating tests, eight quality surface materials have now been selected which meet the high ecological requirements and can also be combined with various adhesives and liners. Those include paper-based as well as foil-based solutions for all common label printing processes. The products are available immediately, starting from a volume of 1,000 m2.
Environmental protection and sustainable business have become an integral component of the modern economic cycle. The broad discussion about climate change has had a palpable impact, especially for the packaging industry. That is why VPF places great value on ecological aspects when creating the portfolio and developing products. Over the past few months, a variety of surface materials currently available on the market were tested diligently in order to select products with particularly sustainable properties for label printing. Criteria such as recyclability, compostability and available certification were taken into consideration during this qualification process, as was the carbon footprint resulting from origin and transport.
VPF 1353951 – Recycling paper, bright white matte 80 g/m². Made from 100 % recycled paper, with excellent printing properties, also suitable for laser and ink jet printing. This paper was bleached without the use of chlorine during the process and it is FSC-certified.
VPF 10929 – Bagasse paper 80 g/m² white, natural paper, manufactured from biological waste from agricultural process, such as after the harvest of corn, wheat, sugarcane and rice. Excellent UV-printing properties and recyclable.
VPF 10930 – Bagasse paper 70 g/m² beige, natural paper, manufactured from biological waste from agricultural process, such as after the harvest of corn, wheat, sugarcane and rice. Excellent UV-printing properties. Recyclable, compostable and approved for direct food contact.
VPF 10916 – Grass paper 70 g/m² natural color, uncoated natural paper, manufactured with particularly low use of energy and water due to a 40 % share of grass from local pastures. Very well-suited for conventional and laser printing. Recyclable, compostable, approved for food contact.
VPF 10945 – Grass paper 90 g/m² natural color, uncoated natural paper, manufactured with particularly low use of energy and water due to a 40 % share of grass from local pastures. Very well-suited for conventional, ink jet and laser printing. Recyclable, compostable, approved for food contact.
VPF 60750, 60931 and 60938 – NatureFlexTM films made from renewable, regenerative raw materials on cellulose basis. The materials with excellent printing qualities are available in transparent glossy 45 µ (VPF 60750), white glossy 42 µ (VPF 60931) and silver glossy 45 µ (VPF 60938). All versions are compostable, biodegradable and approved for direct food contact.
THE RIGHT ADHESIVES
All sustainable surface materials by VPF are equipped with low-migration, food contact-approved dispersion acrylate adhesives 958 (for papers) and 980 (for NatureFlexTM films) or with white standard glassine B700, 63 g. Removable, ultra-permanent and other adhesives are also available upon request.
In addition, VPF has been working full-speed on biodegradable adhesives and solutions which are even more environmentally friendly. The complete sustainability range will be presented in September at LabelExpo in Brussels, where VPF can be found in Hall 4, Booth C67.