UPM Raflatac won this award for creating a wood-based polypropylene film label material called Forest Film (photo above). UPM Raflatac partnered with UPM Biofuels to develop Forest Film.
The company describes the bio-plastic as a drop-in solution to replace conventional label materials and says it’s “identical in quality and performance to conventional fossil-based films.” However, Forest Film reportedly generates 54% fewer cradle-to-gate greenhouse gas emissions than polypropylene label material made from fossil feedstocks.
The raw material for Forest Film is renewable UPM BioVerno naphtha, which is made from crude tall oil from sustainably managed forests. Crude tall oil is a residue of pulp processing. Forest Film’s supply chain is International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) certified for verification and traceability of the raw material.
UPM Raflatac’s wood-based polypropylene material is noteworthy, as the developmental focus for most other bio-based, drop-in polymers has been on polyethylene and ethylene glycol (used in polyethylene terephthalate, or PET).