US-based Jain Chem has launched a sustainable functional and barrier coatings range called Ulterion for paper and paperboard packaging.

The new range serves as replacements for non-recyclable plastic films, as well as non-compostable fluorochemicals, silicone, chromium and other coatings.

Ulterion coatings are suitable for baking release, heat-sealability, print protection and other desired functionality.

According to the company, the Ulterion range is sustainable as the coatings technology converts polyethylene terephthalate beverage bottle waste into non-plastic, recyclable materials.

Packages coated with Ulterion can be easily recycled into food-grade packaging paper or board.

Coatings do not inhibit compostability and feature up to 95% recycled and renewable materials. They are designed to operate with existing converting process equipment.

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Jain Chem chairman Surendra Jain said: “We created Ulterion coatings to help the world flourish in a clean environment. When we considered the amount of packaging waste that occurs in our culture, we realised that we could really contribute to the circular economy.”

In addition, a major fast-food chain has already sold more than two million paper cups coated with Ulterion as part of the product’s initial launch.

These paper cups are currently available from major cup converters across North America. The company plans to introduce them in Europe soon.

The US Food and Drug Administration-approved Ulterion coatings are BfR listed and meet California’s strict Proposition 65 requirements.

Jain Chem offers customised chemical solutions to customers across various businesses including paper, packaging and textiles.