Teijin Limited announced recently it has developed a water-resistant, wet-strong printing paper made entirely with the company’s ECOPET recycled polyester fiber derived from used recycled PET (rPET) bottles.
As a polyester material, Teijin says the printing paper is highly water resistant compared to conventional pulp-derived paper and is not easily torn when wet, making it ideal for use in outdoor or wet locations. Potential applications include hazard maps, triage tags and other outdoor or disaster supplies, outdoor posters, recording papers, and labels and price tags for fresh or frozen foods.
The new printing paper is as thin as conventional printing paper, so it can be used normally in regular laser printers with no need for manual feed, according to the Japanese material company. Also, unlike conventional water-resistant printing paper made of film, the paper enables easy scoring, gluing and writing with pens or pencils. As a wet laid nonwoven fabric made with the same method as machine-made Japanese paper, it offers levels of flexibility and texture not achievable with film-based printing paper.
Teijin developed the paper in collaboration with Nisshinbo Postal Chemical Co Ltd, which will handle sales limited to Japan through trading companies and printer makers.