Mondi, packaging and paper major, has developed what it says is the world’s first sustainable polycoated kraft (PCK) paper release liner, which is being launched on a global scale.
Such liners are needed to carry and protect pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) products, and currently are often discarded once the PSA products are used. Mondi’s NextLiner uses a recycled base paper with a coating made from renewable resources. Using recycled fibres and renewable materials can have a positive impact on the environmental footprint of NextLiner, used in graphic arts, tapes and other industrial applications.
“Our goal is to be sustainable by design, so we have worked on innovating environmentally responsible NextLiners that support our customers’ sustainability goals. Using recycled fibres and renewable resins takes us one step closer to making the PSA supply chain more sustainable,” said Stefan Schönberger, head of product sustainability, Mondi Release Liner.
According to the company, usage of release liners continues to grow – polyolefin coated paper consumption is around 9 billion square metre per year with a market share of 16% of the total release liner market – which makes environmentally responsible alternatives in the sector all the more important.
The launch of NextLiner is a first important step in the development of sustainable liners with more to come, Mondi said.