UPM Biochemicals and Selenis, a subsidiary of the IMG Group that produces speciality polyester resins for a wide range of applications, announced a partnership today that will help the packaging industry reduce its CO2 footprint and redefine the sustainability goals of its customers. The goal of the strategic partnership is to produce sustainable polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) resin that will accelerate the introduction of renewable, sustainable forest-sourced materials into plastic applications and reduce fossil resource dependency. PETG is a highly transparent, FDA approved material used in a large variety of applications including cosmetics and personal care packaging, heat shrink sleeves, and durable goods, such as bulk dispenser.
The Twin Rivers Paper Company, a leading producer of specialty paper products, has received compostability certification from the Biodegradable Products Institute® (BPI®) for its portfolio of EcoBarrier® PFAS-free packaging papers.
Products that receive BPI compostability certification have gone through rigorous third-party testing to ASTM standards that ensures items can be safely cycled back into the soil at a commercial composting facility. The BPI certification mark helps consumers identify and trust that an item is compostable.
“In addition to meeting our customers’ stringent grease-resistance performance requirements, we’re committed to helping customers meet their sustainability goals,” stated Rachel Van Wychen, Director of Sales – Specialty Packaging and Technical at Twin Rivers Paper. “With the achievement of BPI certification, our EcoBarrier products are 100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable, making EcoBarrier papers the optimal substrate for sustainable packaging.”
A leader in the development of PFAS-free food packaging papers, Twin Rivers Paper was one of the first in the industry to commercialize a non-fluorinated oil and grease-resistant paper. The company has continued to leverage its barrier expertise and papermaking technology, expanding its FDA-compliant PFAS-free offering in April 2021 with the addition of EcoBarrier Plus paper engineered for heavy grease-resistant applications.
“Throughout the past decade, we’ve collaborated closely with converters and the largest fast-food, quick-serve and fast-casual restaurants to engineer and continuously optimize our portfolio of EcoBarrier PFAS-free packaging papers,” added Van Wychen. “Twin Rivers’ EcoBarrier papers are known in the industry for exceptional stain holdout, outstanding printability and hallmark converting performance, creating value for converters, food service providers and brand owners.”