Ahlstrom is extending its Acti-V® range of high-performance label release liners with new products offering novel options to sustainability-driven laminators, label printers and end-users, thanks to the use of post-consumer recycled fibres and unbleached cellulose fibres.
The new products support sustainability and circularity in manufacturing Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) laminates and labels. Release Liners are carriers of many PSA labelling materials, allowing highly efficient printing, cutting, and application of PSA labels. While performing a sustainable function, as they contribute to reducing product waste, increasing product safety, and moving goods reliably and efficiently through traditional or online distribution, they can also be manufactured with increasingly sustainable components.
Acti-V® RF Yellow is a supercalendered release paper including at least 15% post-consumer recycled fibre, featuring the typical light-yellow colour of paper liners that carry most PSA paper labels in Europe.
Acti-V® RF Natural is a supercalendered release paper featuring a light creamy colour, naturally resulting from the blend of at least 15% post-consumer recycled fibre and unbleached and bleached cellulose fibres.
Both products support circularity by replacing a portion of virgin fibres with post-consumer recycled fibres. Additionally, the new Acti-V® RF Natural does not use any dye and is based on components that, according to Ahlstrom’s initial estimates, can allow reduction of at least 15% in the carbon footprint compared to the standard Acti-V® Yellow liner. This is a product carbon footprint estimate, with a percentage of reduction in fossil carbon in a cradle-to-gate study using secondary data from Ecoinvent v3.8 and GaBi professional database 2022. Primary data was used for recycled fibres. The study will undergo third-party verification in the coming months.
The new release papers maintain the outstanding performance of Ahlstrom’s proprietary Acti-V® technology, which allows a highly efficient silicone coating and converting process, showing potential reductions in the consumption of energy, catalysts and silicone.
To help increase circularity in the labelling industry, Ahlstrom was one of the founding members of CELAB (Toward a Circular Economy for Labels), the industry coalition dedicated to building a sustainable self-adhesive labelling industry and creating greater circularity by enhancing and promoting matrix and release liner recycling worldwide.