VPF has launched a new adhesive-coated labelstock made of grass paper.
This material is especially suitable for printing labels for upmarket products in the food, beverages and cosmetics industries.
The fresh fiber content in these papers is 50 percent. This provides a major advantage by slashing the required process water input during production. According to the manufacturer, less than one liter of water is needed per ton of grass fiber pulp, compared with 6,000 liters of water per tonne when producing conventional wood cellulose. This automatically results in significant energy savings and an associated reduction in carbon emissions. Available in a grammage of 95g/sqm, the grass paper is recyclable, compostable and certified as an FSC-Mix. It has been approved for direct food contact.
VPF is providing the grass paper material with two different adhesives coatings as standard. For permanent-label applications the dispersion acrylate adhesive 958 is used. This grade is ideal for small diameters and a large variety of substrates. The multi-purpose adhesive has been approved for direct food contact. For removable labels, VPF employs the well established 987 adhesive. Removable without a trace from many different kinds of substrate, this adhesive too is based on acrylic emulsion. The adhesives were selected after extensive migration and ageing tests conducted in VPF's laboratories at its home plant in Sprockhövel, Germany. Grass paper 95g (VPF 20727) can be easily printed using conventional printing methods. A4 samples and sample rolls are available as of now.