Recycled water-proof paper? Yes
Teijin develops eco-friendly wet-strong printing paper made 100 per cent with recycled polyester derived from used PET bottles.
March 15, 2013
by Canadian Packaging Staff
TOKYO—Teijin Limited—a company with strong ties in high-performance fibers—has announced it has developed a water-resistant, wet-strong printing paper made entirely with the company’s ECOPET recycled polyester fiber derived from used PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles.
The new printing paper is as thin as conventional printing paper, so it can be used normally in regular laser printers with no need for manual feed. Also, unlike conventional water-resistant printing paper made of film, the paper enables easy scoring, gluing and writing with pens or pencils. As a wet laid non-woven fabric made with the same method as machine-made Japanese paper, it offers levels of flexibility and texture not achievable with film-based printing paper.
As a polyester material, the printing paper is highly water-resistant compared to conventional pulp-derived paper and is not easily torn when wet, making it ideal for use in outdoor or wet locations.
According to Teijin, possible uses include:
- disaster supplies such as hazard maps and triage tags;
- outdoor products such as maps and recording papers;
- posters used outdoors, and;
- price tags and labels for fresh and frozen food.
Teijin developed the paper in collaboration with Nisshinbo Postal Chemical Co., Ltd., which will handle sales limited to Japan through trading companies and printer makers.
Teijin’s ECOPET recycled polyester fiber is used in a wide range of products, including apparel, uniforms, interior items such as curtains and carpets, industrial materials such as tents, banners and filters, and civil engineering materials.
For mow information on the Teijin Group, with some 150 companies and 17,000 employees under its umbrella, visit www.teijin.co.jp/english.