UPM launches ecological SwanBarrier paper range – an innovation that keeps your bread fresh and fingers clean of grease

Archive 12.4.2012 12:30 EEST

(UPM, Helsinki, 12 April 2012 at 12.30 EET)  – UPM launches a new ecological UPM SwanBarrier paper range for dry and greasy food wrappings. The barrier properties of the UPM SwanBarrier papers, such as water vapour barrier and medium grease resistance, have been achieved without any PE-coating or fluorochemicals thus they are fully recyclable and biodegradable. The innovative papers are a result of UPM’s persistent Research & Development.

The UPM SwanBarrier papers are developed for dry and greasy foodstuffs e.g.  for bread bags and biscuit and greasy food wrappers.  Because of the water vapour barrier UPM SwanBarrier light keeps the bread fresh for at least two to three days. Unlike plastic the paper breathes and thus prevents the bread from going soggy. UPM SwanBarrier with medium level greaseproof keeps greasy food wrapping tidy and the grease does not leak through.

“With this barrier paper range we want to answer customers’ needs for a recyclable and biodegradable packing material. We also wanted to make a barrier paper with existing barrier paper properties without using non-degradable components. With UPM SwanBarrier range we can answer both these needs. This product truly enhances our Biofore vision,” says Timo Lehmuskallio, Product Manager, UPM Packaging papers.

UPM SwanBarrier papers have fuctionalities no paper has ever had. Food wrappings which need barrier have traditionally been made of either plastic, or paper and plastic composites. UPM SwanBarrier range’s barrier properties are achieved completely without PE-coating or fluorochemicals and therefore the UPM SwanBarrier range is fully recyclable or biodegradable. It is made of 100% recyclable raw material – wood.

Another ecologically advantageous feature is the papers’ production in an online process.  This eliminates the intermediate transportation between mill and converter and so reduces the overall carbon footprint of the end product.

UPM SwanBarrier light is available in 45 and 55 gsm and UPM SwanBarrier in 60 and 65 gsm. They are suitable for flexo printing. The papers are approved for direct contact with dry food and have BfR food certificate and FDA Food Certificate. They are also available with FSC® Chain-of-custody or  PEFC Chain-of-custody.


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For more information, please contact:
Mr Timo Lehmuskallio, UPM Product Manager, Digital, Postal and Packaging papers, tel. +358 40 585 2746

UPM, Corporate Communications
Media Desk, tel. +358 40 588 3284

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