FSEA releases Repulpability Study in response to sustainability concerns

The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA – Topeka, Kansas) has released a new study on the repulpability of paper decorated with foil, which was produced in conjunction with the Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute. The study was titled Repulping of Foil Decorated  Paper. The association has been proactive in working to separate the decorated products that FSEA members provide (produced via hot foil, cold foil or digital foil transfer processes, as well as transfer metallized board or paper), from the use of foil-laminated paper and board, which can be a more difficult product to recycle or repulp. Ten years ago, the Foil & Specialty Effects Association published a study on the Recyclability and Repulpability of Foil-Decorated Paper/Board in partnership with Pira International, a third-party research firm headquartered in the United Kingdom.

In 2020, as sustainability issues came to the forefront of the print-decorating industry, the association commissioned a second study to be undertaken by the Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute. The study demonstrates that foil-decorated paper and board created through foil stamping don’t create problems in the recyclability/repulpability of paper and/or board in a common repulping process.

Jeff Peterson.

“Having an updated study on the repulpability of foil-decorated paper/board was of high priority due to continued questions on metallic decorating and sustainability,” said FSEA Executive Director Jeff Peterson. “We believe the release of this most recent study will help confirm that foil decorated paper/board is recyclable and repulpable.”