New Sylvicta barrier paper is fully recyclable, compostable, marine-degradable and made from renewable raw materials
New Sylvicta pouches and sachets
New Sylvicta pouches and sachets

Paper manufacturer Arjowiggins has launched Sylvicta, a new sustainable alternative to plastics in packaging. Sylvicta is a translucent, functional barrier paper proven to preserve the quality of food and cosmetics just as well as conventional plastics – all the while ensuring limited impact on the environment.

The pioneering paper is fully recyclable, compostable, marine-degradable and made from renewable raw materials.

Arjowiggins claims that Sylvicta’s distinct advantage is its very high barrier to oxygen – the leading cause of food spoilage. The new paper-based packaging can help reduce food waste by prolonging shelf life during the transportation, retail and consumer phases of the value chain.

The company’s R&D team has developed this unique translucent paper with a natural bonding, without the need of any harmful chemicals. The result is a paper with a barrier to oxygen, aroma, mineral oils and fatty foodstuffs.

Arjowiggins said it is working continuously with food brand owners and packaging converters to open up an endless array of applications, including see-through windows in packaging, pouches for dry fruits, bags for salads, and flow-packs for chocolate bars.

Product development also considers metallised versions of Sylvicta for butter or margarine packaging.

Arjowiggins argues Sylvicta meets the need for sustainable alternatives to single-use packaging and flexible laminates. With the new product, food brands can reduce or even eradicate the use of plastics in their packaging.

“Despite the ongoing movement towards more sustainable packaging, plastics remain a popular choice for food brand owners, largely for practical reasons,” said Christophe Jordan, managing director of the Translucent Papers division at Arjowiggins. He noted that until now, most of the existing offer, mainly in single-use packaging, use unrecyclable, multi-layered laminates incorporating plastics or aluminium foil.”

Jordan said Sylvicta is good news for retailers looking for a fully recyclable, compostable and biodegradable paper packaging. “The product is simply revolutionary. It can help to create the circular economy society we all desire,” he concluded.

Date published: 25 October 2020

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