South African pulp and paper company Sappi has launched a new flexible packaging solution, called Sappi Seal, that has improved sealing and recyclable properties.

Sappi Seal has been designed and developed as a replacement for the heat-sealing laminates made from plastic with materials containing a high proportion of renewable raw materials.

The new product has been specifically created as flexible standard packaging for the food and non-food sectors where heat-sealing properties are required.

In order to maintain such properties, the new Sappi Seal features a dispersion coating on the reverse side.

“Brand manufacturers are looking for alternatives to plastic materials.”

The solution also offers a barrier protecting from water vapour.

Sappi Business Development Packaging and Speciality Papers head René Köhler said: “Brand manufacturers, as well as consumers, are looking for alternatives to plastic packaging materials.

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“Sappi Seal will contribute to the use of more resource-efficient and renewable materials for flexible packaging.”

Sappi developed the first generation of this solution in 2016.

The second generation has been reportedly produced in accordance with the requirements of recommendation BfR XXXVI (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung – Federal Institute for Risk Assessment).

Sappi Seal will be available following approval from the forest stewardship council and the programme for the endorsement of forest certification.