Arjowiggins launches a sustainable alternative to plastics in packaging

Sylvicta is a translucent, functional barrier paper that preserves the quality of cosmetics

Fine papers specialist Arjowiggins has introduced Sylvicta, described as a ‘groundbreaking’ new sustainable alternative to plastic packaging.

A translucent, functional barrier paper that has been proven to preserve the quality of food and cosmetics as well as conventional plastics, Sylvicta is fully recyclable, compostable, marine degradable and made from renewable raw materials.

Through precision fibre refining, Arjowiggins developed the paper with a natural bonding resulting in a paper with a barrier to oxygen, aroma, mineral oils and fats.

Arjowiggins said the material offers a wide array of creative possibilities and can be foil stamped, glued, embossed, printed in offset, gravure, and flexography, metallised, or coated with heat or cold-seal materials.

"Despite the ongoing movement towards more sustainable packaging, plastics still remain a popular choice, largely for practical reasons. Until now, most of the existing offer, mainly in single-use packaging, use unrecyclable, multi-layered laminates incorporating plastics or aluminium foil," said Christophe Jordan, Managing Director of the Translucent Papers division at Arjowiggins.

"With Sylvicta, such solutions can be turned into fully recyclable, compostable and biodegradable paper packaging. The product is simply revolutionary."

Sylvicta is FSC and PEFC-certified, produced on a site that's ISO 14001-compliant, and is carbon-offset through the World Land Trust's Carbon Balanced programme.

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