UPM Raflatac has launched RafBio PE White, a plant-based film designed to provide a sustainable alternative to fossil-based films.
The new flexible white plant-based PE film, which expands UPM Raflatac’ range of film face materials for the European market, is ideal for the squeezable bottles and contoured containers which are widely used in home and personal care applications.
UPM Raflatac sustainability director Robert Taylor said: "At UPM Raflatac, we are taking steps to develop products that are thinner and lighter, recyclable and biobased. RafBio PE White is the logical choice for printers that want to go beyond eco-box-ticking.
“It's a game changing packaging solution that helps make the circular economy a reality for leading brand owners.”
The RafBio PE White and Clear, a part of the RafBio family of bio-based labeling solutions, is made using sugarcane ethanol and supports reduction of greenhouse gas emissions during its life cycle, compared to conventional PE.
Comprising more than 80% renewable plant-based raw material, the new PE film can be recycled within the same recycling streams as fossil-based PE.
The firm said that RafBio PE films can be used for multi-purpose labeling applications when combined with the firm’s RP37 adhesive.
UPM Raflatac has recently introduced a new RP48 All-Temperature (AT) acrylic adhesive for chilled food labeling in the European market.
With enhanced adhesion, water resistance and convertibility features, the RP48 AT serves as an alternative to hotmelt adhesives for labeling food packages stored in moist and chilled conditions.
Image: UPM Raflatac’s new plant-based PE film. Photo: courtesy of UPM.