Paper manufacturer Arjowiggins has launched a sustainable alternative to plastics in packaging.
‘Sylvicta’ is a translucent, functional barrier paper which the company says has been proven to preserve the quality of food and cosmetics just as well as conventional plastics. The paper is “fully recyclable, compostable, marine degradable” and made from renewable raw materials, Arjowiggins says.
Sylvicta has a high barrier to oxygen – the leading cause of food spoilage – which means it can help retailers reduce food waste by prolonging shelf life during the transportation, retail and consumer phases of the value chain.
Additionally, Arjowiggins explains it is working with brand owners, retailers and packaging converters to open up an array of applications — from pouches for dry fruits, bags for salads, sachets for solid soap, sacks for pet food and flow-packs for chocolate bars, all the way through to metallised versions of Sylvicta for butter or margarine packaging.
“Despite the ongoing movement towards more sustainable packaging, in the retail sector 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” explains Christophe Jordan, managing director of the translucent papers division at Arjowiggins.