Paperboard is Replacing Plastic to Reduce Climate Impact

A number of global companies have replaced or are doing trials to replace the material in their gift cards – from plastic to paperboard. Sweden’s largest cinema chain, SF Bio, has taken the plunge and is now replacing all its cards.

“When our card supplier, Megacard, suggested we could make our gift cards from paperboard and thereby drastically reduce their environmental impact, it was self-evident to us to switch,” explains Anna Marcusson, product manager for gift cards at SF Bio.

Replacing plastic with a non-fossil material is a clear trend, not least in the packaging industry. Switching from fossil plastic to an alternative material such as paperboard reduces companies’ climate impact. Changing an established infrastructure takes time, though, especially if it means that the packaging must be redesigned, the packing equipment modified or replaced, and the distribution from manufacturer to consumer is affected. The UK food company Iceland has attracted widespread attention with its pledges to eliminate plastic in its packaging within five years. Many people with packaging experience say five years is a fairly short time given the challenges faced by Iceland.

In light of these factors, the switchovers by IKEA and SF Bio have occurred very quickly, and there is reason to believe that many more companies will follow their example.

“Because the cards’ format is identical, it’s easy to make the switch. Apart from the actual production process for making the cards, very few other components of companies’ existing equipment need to be modified. So this is a very simple step to take compared with redesigning a plastic packaging solution, where complex and fully automated packing lines must be modified,” explains Johan Granås, Head of Sustainability at Iggesund Paperboard, who was closely involved in developing the solution that IKEA finally chose.

Another example of this packaging industry trend is Apple, where packaging developers are focusing on reducing the use of plastic. This is clear from Apple’s Paper and Packaging Strategy, which the company published in October 2017. Among other things, the report details how Apple succeeded in reducing the plastic content of the iPhone 7 packaging by 84 per cent compared with that of the iPhone 6s.

“Ten years ago, any manufacturer would have solved this issue with plastic,” Granås says. “But now we’re seeing time and again how companies are investing strongly to create alternative solutions in paperboard – not only Apple but many, many others.”

Granås is careful to say that plastic is still an important material in both today’s and tomorrow’s packaging market. Traditional paperboard packaging for food often needs a plastic barrier to create a seal that protects against grease, moisture and aromas. Making the packaging’s construction out of paperboard and then creating the barrier with the thinnest possible plastic coating is already a good example of good materials management.

“The development of fossil-free plastic materials is happening very quickly and I predict we will soon have bioplastics with less and less fossil content, which will significantly reduce the climate impact of food packaging in particular,” Granås concludes.

 

Iggesund’s Turnover is Just over €500 Million

Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United Nations Global Compact Index. Iggesund’s turnover is just over €500 million and its flagship product Invercote is sold in more than 100 countries. The company has two brand families, Invercote and Incada, both positioned at the high end of their respective segments. Since 2010 Iggesund has invested more than €380 million to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the fossil emissions from its production.

Iggesund and the Holmen Group report all their fossil carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project. Iggesund was founded as an iron mill in 1685, but has been making paperboard for more than 50 years. The two mills, in northern Sweden and northern England employ 1500 people.

Oakley® and Bioracer Launch Graphene Plus Cycling Jersey

Directa Plus plc (AIM: DCTA), a producer and supplier of graphene-based products for use in consumer and industrial markets, is pleased to announce that Oakley®, in collaboration with Bioracer, a designer and manufacturer of innovative, customised clothing for cycling teams and individuals as well as for other sporting activities, have launched the G+ Graphene Aero Jersey containing the Company’s graphene-based products.

Unveiled at the EUROBIKE 2018 trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the new jersey is designed to leverage the unique properties of Graphene Plus (G+) to dissipate heat from the rider’s body enabling them to focus less on the conditions around them and more on performance.  New Aero Jersey enhanced with Directa Plus’ G+ graphene is a first of its kind cycling garment.

Its graphene-based products have been independently certified as non-toxic and non-cytotoxic

The Company’s unique, printed G+ planar thermal circuit distributes the heat generated by the body and dissipates it when needed to significantly improve the comfort of the wearer and enable riders to use less energy to regulate their body temperature. Fabrics treated with G+ are also electrostatic and bacteriostatic. These properties contribute to moisture management and have an anti-odour effect, and, if placed on the outside of the garment, G+ reduces the friction with air and water to facilitate top sporting performance. In addition, Directa Plus’ production process is chemical-free and its graphene-based products have been independently certified as non-toxic and non-cytotoxic.

Giulio Cesareo, Chief Executive Officer of Directa Plus, said: “We are honoured that Oakley and Bioracer have launched the G+ Aero Jersey incorporating our Graphene Plus, which follows extensive lab and road testing. It is a significant endorsement of the strengths of our offer and, in particular, the thermal regulation abilities of our G+ planar thermal circuit. Sportswear represents a substantial potential market for our G+ and we’re delighted to have added cycling clothing to our portfolio of G+-enhanced textiles for sport, which includes skiing, golf and athleisure. We congratulate Oakley and Bioracer on this launch – a first of its kind cycling garment – and look forward to expanding our relationship with them.”

Devan Launches Natural Technology to Make Textiles Free From Pet Allergens

Textile-finishing innovator Devan Chemicals recently launched a technology to make textiles free from allergens shed by cats and dogs. Purissimo is a probiotic-based solution and therefore completely natural. The technology was inspired by their experience with Purotex®, a successful allergen reduction solution that has been used in bedding for more than ten years.

Over the past few decades, pets have been climbing up the social ladder and have moved from outdoor protectors to indoor family members. The American Pet Products Association estimates that 65% of US households own a pet, with cats and dogs being the most popular ones. In Europe, more than 30% of the households own a pet. Although the data are not unequivocal, researchers believe this increasingly close contact between humans and pets and the resulting higher allergen exposures might be a reason for the increase in pet allergies.

Purissimo™

Since many studies have suggested that allergic diseases have increased in frequency, Devan thought it was about time someone came up with a solution. Purissimo is a natural technology, inspired by Devan’s years of experience with Purotex®, a very successful allergen reduction technology that is being used in the bedding industry for more than ten years. With a significant reduction in the house dust mite population of more than 99%, Purotex® has proven to be an effective, preventive strategy for reducing allergic diseases related to house dust mites.

But, unfortunately allergies are not limited to beds and house dust mites alone, and so Devan started exploring what further could be done to reduce health problems related to allergic reactions. After months of testing, the company came out with a solution for allergies triggered by pets such as cats (cat allergen Fel d 1) and dogs (dog allergen Can f 1). Test results show a significant reduction of 92,8 % on the amount of cat hair allergen Fel d1 found in treated samples. The technology is based on probiotic bacteria and therefore, completely natural.

Probiotics

First, inactive probiotic bacteria are encapsulated into microcapsules. These microcapsules are then integrated into textiles. When the fabric is exposed to friction, the microcapsules break open and release the spores. The spores absorb humidity, are then transformed into probiotic bacteria and start to consume the organic matter which contains the various allergens that cause allergic reactions and asthma.

Since pet allergens are also found in homes where there aren’t any pets (because of dispersion by adherence to textile surfaces such as clothing and shoes), Devan’s solution could be used to treat household textiles such as carpets, curtains, upholstery fabrics, etc., resulting in a clean, fresh and allergen-free environment. Also think of car blankets and other pet blankets. And not only in our homes, but also in public spaces like schools, hospitals, libraries, etc., this technology could be used to prevent the dispersion of pet allergens and the ‘second-hand’ exposure that comes along with it.

Schoeller Cooperates with Südwolle Group

Schoeller’s coldblack® technology has been specifically optimized for use on knitted and woven fabrics so brands can now expand their product application uses.

Under the blazing sun, textiles with coldblack® heat up less and stay cool to the touch. Südwolle Group, a leading manufacturer of high quality yarns, has also recognized the ideal combination of merino and coldblack®. With this, the wear comfort of wool apparel can be tangibly improved.

Wool is well known for its various property benefits, including insulation, natural antibacterial protection, odor control, light weight and nearly wrinkle free composition. Not only in the winter time, but also in summer particularly merino wool, a special high-quality type of wool, regulates moisture balance and thus the body temperature.

 

The fibers can absorb a great deal of moisture or sweat and transport it away from the body. Warm ambient air quickly dries the material and causes a cooling evaporation, which makes it very comfortable to wear merino apparel in the summer time.

coldblack® Technology Reliably Reduces Heat Build-Up

coldblack® technology from Schoeller supports the natural properties of wool because it reliably reduces heat build-up when exposed to the sun. Together with the help of Südwolle Group, the finish has been optimized specifically for the use in merino apparel. The yarn manufacturer chooses coldblack® for a variety of uses, especially for knitting and weaving yarns for sports and outdoor apparel and develops such products individually according to its customers’ requirements.

Stéphane Thouvay, Managing Director Product Management & Innovation at Südwolle Group, summarizes the use of the technology as follows: “coldblack® is part of our product range for the summer time, which we will be presenting at OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen. The technology reduces not only heat build-up, but also enhances the natural UV protection of wool without affecting the look and feel of the fabric. Therefore coldblack® perfectly fits into our yarn selection for sports and outdoor apparel. For end consumers garments made of coldblack® yarns can optionally be labeled with hangtags.”

When used in high-quality woolen fabrics, coldblack® has already proven its performance and is being used by renowned brands in various collections of men’s suits. Since 2008, the technology has been licensed by more than 200 brands, in sports particularly in the field of cycling, triathlon and golf.

Botanic fiber touch to jean fashion!

If you have to say good bye to your beloved pants in the warm summer time, indeed the only thing you need to do is to read the label! When you see TENCEL™ Denim on the label of the product you buy, you can go on putting on your pant with a peace of mind. TENCEL™’s cellulose fibers of botanic origin help you to stay away from perspiration and moisture thanks to their breathability. They offer long lasting softness, flexibility, tenacity and smoothness to all products made of denim fabric, ranging from footwear to shirts.

Despite radical changes in the fashion industry every year, with their history of almost 150 years, jeans remain as the most popular pieces in the gardropes of many of us. Today, jeans are used for daily clothing as well as in many segments of business clothing. However, in warm summer days, they are merely put on the back burner. But you don’t need to give up wearing your jeans or change your clothing style when it gets warm! TENCEL™ fibers focus on feeling good in clothes, offering unlimited freedom with denim products in every season.

TENCEL™ Denim cellulose fibers come from renewable wood sources. With their botanic roots, they enhance breathability by releasing moisture and sweat from the fabric. TENCEL™ Denim combines mobility with comfort and flexibility. Its strength and long lasting colors make it indispensable for denim fabrics.

Another feature of TENCEL™ Denim fiber is offering a smooth structure to denim fabrics. So the products can remain soft like the first day and offer all-day comfort, especially in warm days.

Denim fabrics are used in many products ranging from pants to dresses. To wear them also in summer months all you need to do is reading the labels of the products you buy and selecting TENCEL™ Denim products. TENCEL™ fibers will not only win your heart with the properties they add to denim fabrics, but also with their low carbon footprint and environmentally responsible production process.

Avgol Brings A New Dimension to Nonwovens with Launch of Waveform 3D™ Technology

Avgol, a global leader in the manufacture of nonwoven fabric solutions, is to launch a new three-dimensional concept for fabrics to extend innovation capabilities in hygiene applications.

Waveform 3D™ Technology is a process which enables the modification of nonwoven fabrics for the baby diaper, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene markets.  The technology enables varying three-dimensional profiles to be incorporated into Avgol’s range of standard and custom designed fabrics to further enhance performance and comfort for consumers.

Through using this technology, beneficial fiber structures with distinctive surface patterns can be imparted. This generates a three-dimensional composition within flat fabrics, providing a number of additional benefits including advanced skin wellness, increased cushioning and enhanced cotton-feel. Thanks to combination with Avgol’s ‘FIT’ family of technologies, specially designed precursor fabrics can be used which then result in further enhanced liquid management qualities.

Nick Carter, Director, Market Business Intelligence and Intellectual Property, at Avgol, said: “Investment in Waveform 3D Technology enables Avgol to offer high-performance nonwoven fabrics without compromising comfort. The ability to choose whether to use solid, apertured or combination patterns allows the product designer to truly tailor a solution for their application including how the fabric feels, how the fabric functions and how the fabric looks.

“Waveform 3DTechnology is part of an exciting programme of novel solutions to meet the ever-evolving regional needs of our customers and deliver added value through leading-edge developments, quality and service.”

Great Success from Turkish Engineers: Invisible Military Camouflage

The invisible fabric, developed by Turkish engineers and not caught by radar and thermal cameras, is also being tried as military camouflage. This technology is now available in only three countries worldwide including Turkey, and is planned to be exported to NATO countries under the approval and consent of the Ministry of National Defense.

The ‘multispectral cloaking network’ found by two scientists at Hacettepe Technopolis was developed at Sun Textile R & D Center. The invisible fabric tested at the Turkish Armed Forces began to be produced in Torbalı Mill after passing the tests successfully.

This product, which is the fruit of 100% domestic engineering, has only been developed by the US and Israel until now. So Turkey became the third country.

Doesn’t get caught to thermal cameras by dispersing the body heat in a controlled manner

The fabric, which can disperse the heat generated by human, tank or ammunition without causing color contrast, provides protection against thermal cameras while also started being used to hide the command center and ammunitions.

In his statement on the subject, Sabri Unluturk, Chairman of Sun Holding, pointed out that the camouflage produced from this fabric is currently in the test phase and added:

‘These garments are designed to keep our troops hidden from night vision binoculars at night operations. They’re on trial now. Military units are also testing. The body releases heat in a controlled manner and does not appear in thermal cameras. With the fabrics we have developed, we have entered NATO’s approved supplier list. In this context, we receive orders from many NATO countries. We will also start exporting with the approval and permission of our Ministry of National Defense.’

From steel vests to armored vehicle seats

Continuing to his words, Unluturk told that the camouflage fabric will also be used in an armored personnel carrier devoloping by a Turkish defense industry company for Saudi Arabia: ‘In our R & D lab, we are currently working on developing new products for many different kinds of military uses. These include vests with shock absorbing capability to be worn into steel vests, preventive seats and floors for armored personnel carriers etc.’

Capacity to cover 1 million square meters

Sabri Unluturk, noted that the products they are currently developing could also be evaluated for civilian use in the future and continued his words as follows:

‘Many developments are first launched in the military field. There is an intensive work on the defense industry. The state is also making significant efforts for the nationalization of the defense industry, transferring resources. It’s a very good investment. Unmanned aerial vehicles, domestic tanks, armored vehicles and many other products are now producing in Turkey. We are also ‘pulling out all the stops’ in the field of textiles. I believe that Turkey will advance much more in this field and develop products that can compete globe. We are talking about a field with a very high export potential and there are very few companies in the field of defense textiles in the world. We also have an important price advantage. By doing a separate investment for this business, we have completed a facility in Torbalı OIZ (Organized Industrial Zone) that meets NATO’s safety standards. During this year’s production, we gave TAF a multispectral cloaking network covering the area of several hundred thousand square meters. In the coming period we will reach a cloaking capacity of 1 million square meters per year.’

Evteks’ Fabric on NASA Radar

Evteks, which operates on high-tech textile products in Denizli, has produced 100 % cotton fabric that is flame resistant and protects against radiation. If an agreement can be reached with NASA, the fabric that will be used in astronauts and pilots’ underwear has cardinal significance for transferring the properties such as flame resistant and radiation-proof in synthetic fibers to 100 % cotton fabrics.

Having a 20% higher absorption capacity than synthetic products, the protection of the fabric against radiation containing electromagnetic contaminants makes the fabric considerable important especially for babies and children’s textiles. Likewise, occupational groups that are likely to be exposed to radiation are potentially inclusive.

İsa Dal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Evteks, who also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Denizli Exporters’ Association, explained that the fabrics, which have functionalities such as antimicrobial, flame resistant, quick drying and fly-repellent and have increasingly used in the world, contain synthetic fibers. In addition, Dal added that though these fabrics brought advantages, they were not natural by expressing that their goals were to develop both natural and functional fabric and that they achieved this. Saying that they tested the products in the laboratories of Pamukkale University. Explaining that these products were a result of 6 years of work, he stated that they made patent applications after the results came out, as they wanted.

“We believe that this product is suitable for pilots and astronauts because of the antibacterial feature that rapidly removes the sweat and the humidity exposed to radiation especially from the body. We have started negotiating with companies that make provision for NASA. If we can come to an agreement, the fabric produced in Denizli will be able to be used as underwear by NASA astronauts. We think that our completely natural fabric will be preferred in terms of comfort because the present underwear is synthetic. We will also offer a natural alternative to the current underwear of Pilots with a feature of late-combustion. After all, no fabric can be as healthy and comfortable as cotton.”

Sofidel Reconfirms A.Celli Technology

Sofidel, that has just celebrated 50 years of business activity, is present in Europe and the United States with 19 companies that each year produce more than one million tons of paper and employ over 5,500 people.

The new tissue rewinder model E-WIND®T200 commissioned to A.Celli Paper of Lucca will have a 5600-mm format and a working speed of 1600 mpm. The machine, highly evolved from the point of view of design and equipped with sophisticated technological innovations, will guarantee the Lucchese Group Sofidel the opportunity to work and handle structured webs. The rewinder is scheduled for delivery in May 2017, and will be installed in one of Sofidel’s facilities in Europe.

Just a few months from the order of the first tissue rewinder by Sofidel, this new order is yet a further confirmation that A.Celli Paper is a reliable, expert and professional partner capable of walking side by side with its customers, building important relationships.

The Lucchese Group is increasingly becoming a global partner!

A.Celli Group announces the opening of a new branch facility in Istanbul, Turkey.  The new offices, which have been operational since the beginning of September, are a further confirmation of the strong desire by the A.Celli companies to broaden their sales and customer service network in the world.

For the A.Celli Group, Turkey – a natural bridge between east and west – represents a market with great potential and that already counts many active customers. The new offices are a demonstration of the attention and commitment that the Lucca company shares with its partners, and will become a reference point for sales and post-sales relationships in the region of western Asia. The opening of the subsidiary in the city of the Bosporus is the result of the Group’s consistent growth and joins the A.Celli global network that already includes China and the United States.

Endless Possibilities: Viscose Speciality Fibres From Kelheim, Germany, Improve Filter Performance

Unlike other cellulosic fibres such as cotton or wood pulp, viscose fibres are distinguished by their well-defined and reproducible properties that allow them to be designed to meet the needs of processing steps and adapted to each application. For example, the porosity and surface of a filter can be precisely controlled by adding viscose fibres with different cross-sections. The incorporation of functional additives into viscose fibres allows the optimization of the fibres in respect of the intended application, for example for the removal of tannins from beer.

The advantage of functional viscose fibres: as the additives are incorporated in the fibres they do not impact the physical properties of the filter and can not migrate into the filtered product but can still function effectively. As viscose fibres are manufactured from renewable raw materials incineration at the end of filter life is CO2 neutral, or – if the residue in the filter allows – they can be composted, an ideal disposal route for precoat filter cakes in the beverage industry.

The use of viscose speciality fibres from Kelheim is completely safe both for people and for the environment, and this is one of the reasons why the fibres have been used for decades in medical products. The fibres are certified for food contact by ISEGA and the absence of harmful substances in the products is confirmed by their certification to the Oeko-Tex standard 100 in the most demanding product class. Viscose fibres are taste neutral and are currently used in food and beverage applications: coffee pads and tea bag papers are two examples for applications in which viscose fibres are used to a considerable extent.

Now, the fibre specialists are looking into a new area of applications and are exploring the suitability of their hydrophobic Olea fibre for emulsion separation.

Olea is a viscose fibre with durable hydrophobic properties. The additives used in production are approved for food contact by the FDA and the BfR and at the same time free of silicones. In a series of tests over the next months, the leading manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres will analyse how these hydrophobic properties influence the separation of water/oil mixtures. Preliminary trials have shown an accumulation of oil on the fibre’s surface which then enables the separation of the larger oil droplets.

In a next step, the Bavarians will examine the efficacy of separation of different emulsions, as well as the influence of the nonwoven construction and suitable blend partners.

Kelheim Fibres GmbH is the world’s leading manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres and the largest supplier of viscose fibres for the manufacture of femcare tampons. Every year approximately 90.000 tons of viscose fibres are produced and tested at the plant in Kelheim. The fibres are used in a wide range of applications – from fashion to hygiene and medical products, from nonwovens to speciality papers. Innovative products, flexible technologies and a strong customer orientation are the foundation for the success of the company.