UPM Specialty Papers and Henkel have created a new line of packaging that aims to provide a sustainable alternative for protective and heat-sealable packaging.

The companies stated that the plastic coating traditionally required for protection and heat-sealing renders the final packaging product difficult to recycle.

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Their Loctite Liofol HS 2809-22 Re Heat Seal and Aquence Epix BC 6134 grease barrier coatings are intended for a wide range of dry foods that require grease resistance.

Existing UPM Asendo and UPM Asendo Pro barrier papers provided the starting point. These recyclable barrier papers are reportedly produced with fibres from sustainably managed forests and offer grease and moisture resistance without the need for a plastic coating.

Both products will be available as samples at Interpack 2023.

UMP Specialty Papers senior manager of product portfolio management Mika Uusikartano said: “This heat-sealable packaging demonstrates what we can achieve with co-created fibre-based materials. Packaging converters can select from a ready tested and approved ‘off-the shelf’ combination of paper and coatings, quickly finding the right solutions for their end-use without the need for trial and error.”

Henkel manager of paper solutions Christin Noack commented: “In line with our 2030 sustainability ambitions and together with UPM Specialty Papers, we have moved one step closer to bridging the gap between sustainable fibre-based packaging and traditional plastic packaging to support brand owners and converters in the transition to paper.”

Henkel recently announced the signing of an agreement with Russian financial investors to sell its business activities in Russia for a purchase price of approximately €600m ($658.96m).