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New wood-based polypropylene film material unveiled

UPM Raflatac has developed Forest Film label material in collaboration with UPM Biofuels using UPM BioVerno naphtha, a 100% wood-based solution originating from sustainably managed forests. It is the first label material producer to bring a new wood-based polypropylene film material into the market. This film will answer brand owners’ needs to replace traditional fossil-based virgin materials with renewable ones. It offers companies an efficient and impactful way to reach beyond their sustainability goals without compromising on product performance.

“At UPM Raflatac, we support the circular economy by innovating circular labeling solutions, but that is not enough. We are aiming higher by making sure that the raw materials we use are as sustainable as possible. By replacing fossil-based raw materials with renewable ones we can ensure a truly sustainable packaging solution,” says Antti Jääskeläinen, executive vice president, UPM Raflatac. “Our Forest Film is a natural step on our journey towards labeling a smarter future beyond fossils.” "UPM Biofuels converts pulp production residue into renewable naphtha, a drop-in raw material for the chemical industry. Replacing fossil raw materials, it brings substantial climate and environmental benefits. This wood-based film is a great example of UPM’s brand promise in action. We help our partners to go beyond fossils with our sustainable innovation," says Panu Routasalo, vice president, UPM Biofuels. 

Publication date: 09/09/2019

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