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Sustainable Converting Paper material from the meadow


signals to the consumer that this is sustainable packaging material.” An additional advantage: the grass paper contains no allergens that are subject to EU labelling requirements listed in the regulation (EU) 1169/2011, such as fish or nut products. Therefore, grass paper labels are ideally suited for use with food and cosmetics. In order to maintain this advantage, HERMAnature fieno is equipped with the 62A adhesive which is suitable for direct contact with dry and moist foodstuffs as well as fatty foodstuffs with a correction factor of 3 or more according to the regulation (EU) 10/2011. Apart from that, the 62A adhesive is a permanent adhesive for universal use with very good adhesive properties on a wide range of surfaces. Its final adhesion is very high, both on polar and non-polar surfaces (such as PE). It provides excellent water resistance and especially good resistance against light, heat, and ageing.


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rass – or rather sun-dried hay, to be specific – is a major component of what may well be the world‘s most


eco-friendly paper. Processing these fibres for paper production is very resource- friendly and generates very little CO2, compared with paper produced from fresh fibre or even recycled cellulose. Since 2017, grass papers have been widely used for various kinds of food packaging – and have received a lot of attention from companies committed to sustainable packaging. Made from grass paper, the new label


material HERMAnature fieno (grade 340) allows users to also apply special sustainability requirements to labels. The production of such grass papers is based on special grass pellets developed and patented by a German company from the Rhineland. In this process, grass fibres are processed mechanically, requiring no


chemicals. Compared to wood pulp processing, this results in energy savings of 97 per cent and water savings of 99 per cent. As the grass originates from domestic compensation areas, logistics expenses are also minimised, resulting in CO2 savings of up to 75 per cent. In the end with product grass paper, the CO2 savings amount to a considerable sum of 20 to 25 per cent.


EXCELLENT PRINTABILITY The new label material HERMAnature fieno contains 30 per cent of this very sustainable resource. In principle, it can be processed like conventional paper and offers very good printability in offset and flexo printing. “As it is a natural product, its colour can vary”, says Ulli Nägele, head of research and development at HERMA. “But combined with the material’s somewhat rougher surface, this immediately and credibly


PROVEN SUSTAINABILITY By now, the environmental benefit of grass paper has been backed by science. “Within the framework of this comparative life cycle assessment, grass-based cellulose performs considerably better than the alternatives wood-based sulphate cellulose and recycled fibre – in terms of energy and water consumption, acidification potential, and emissions balance“, say the authors of a 2017 life cycle assessment created by the International Centre for Sustainable Development in Sankt Augustin, Germany. “In particular, the low fuel and energy consumption during production resulting from short transport distances is decisive for the environmental benefit of grass paper.” The grass can, for instance, be grown on ecological compensation areas relatively close to the paper mills – thereby, it does not compete against food cultivation.


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Sustainable materials portfolio launched P


olymer distributor, Plastribution, has launched the UK’s first portfolio of materials with sustainable credentials. The move is in response to ongoing environmental concerns regarding plastic and the calls


from designers, brand owners, OEMs and converters for solutions for a diverse range of applications. Recently introduced to Plastribution’s customers in an exclusive


preview, the portfolio is based on material options from around 20 suppliers, many of which are novel. In support of the launch, Plastribution has released a landing page at


plastribution.co.uk/sustainable with details of its portfolio and plans to hold a conference early in 2020 to present the offering in more detail. The company has also established a dedicated sustainability team comprising of


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in-house experts. The team’s roles include researching material innovations, ongoing development of the product portfolio, educating staff and providing industry leading technical support where required. Commenting on the launch, Plastribution’s Mike Boswell, says: “Releasing our sustainable materials initiative is all part of our value proposition by addressing the needs of our customers - they have asked us to provide our expertise and advice in this constantly evolving area and we are responding with a comprehensive portfolio of products. We have a long and successful history of providing customers with unequivocal support including technical training and education - this is what sets us apart.”


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