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UPM Raflatac develops wood-based label film for renewable packaging

September 3, 2019  By PrintAction Staff

​UPM Raflatac says it is the first label material producer to bring a new wood-based polypropylene film material into the market.

The UPM Raflatac Forest Film label material was developed in collaboration with UPM Biofuels using UPM BioVerno naphtha, a 100-percent wood-based solution originating from sustainably managed forests, it explains.

The film, it says, will answer brand owners’ needs to replace traditional fossil-based virgin materials with renewable ones, offering companies a 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.”

As one of the signatories of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, UPM Raflatac says it is committed to developing alternative, circular and renewable labeling solutions.

“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.

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