Afera Releases New Position Paper: Impact of Release Paper Liner Colour on Material Circularity

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Afera, the European adhesive tape association, has released a new position paper “Colour of paper release liner of adhesive tapes: Impact on material circularity” as part of the work undertaken by the Waste Management Workstream of Afera’s Flagship Sustainability Project (AFSP).

The Hague, the Netherlands – Afera, the European adhesive tape association, has released a new position paper “Colour of paper release liner of adhesive tapes: Impact on material circularity” as part of the work undertaken by the Waste Management Workstream of Afera’s Flagship Sustainability Project (AFSP).The document aims to help members understand the consequences of having a dark or a light release liner and support both tape manufacturers and tape users in their discussions with customers. 

Release liner from adhesive tapes becomes waste upon application of the tape to the intended substrate. While the colour of the release liner has no bearing on performance, it does impact the end-of-life recycling options (open-loop or closed-loop). This is explained in Afera’s new position paper in an effort to improve release liner waste management and boost material circularity

Based on a survey conducted as part of AFSP, suppliers of release liners stated that there are no differences in the performance of a light versus a dark release liner, and they see no difficulties to supply any shade of release liner to the tape industry

Citing the position paper, Pablo Englebienne, Regulatory Affairs Manager at Afera says, “Switching dark release liners for light coloured ones would enable better recycling of paper release liner from adhesive tapes and better integration with ongoing efforts in adjacent industries.”  

 

For more information, please contact AFSP@afera.com  

 

About Afera Flagship Sustainability Project (AFSP) 

Launched in 2021, Afera Flagship Sustainability Project (AFSP) aims to translate the European Green Deal (EGD) to the adhesive tapes industry. AFSP aims to make harmonized calculation methods available for evaluating the environmental impact of adhesive tapes, establish the best available techniques for the management of waste from adhesive tapes, and provide information to members on the impact of the European Green Deal on the tape industry through links between Afera, the European Commission and other relevant stakeholders.  

About Afera 

Afera (https://www.afera.com/), the European Adhesive Tape Association, unites stakeholders along the value chain of the European tape industry, to ensure and increase the relevance of the tape industry in the world of tomorrow.   

As a non-profit organisation, Afera provides a platform for tape trade expertise in order to enhance the product, the business and the future of the adhesive tape market in Europe. Afera is widely known and valued as the go-to community of the European tape industry for both industry and non-industry stakeholders. Stakeholders connect within the Afera community to address current and future key topics, which individual stakeholders cannot tackle themselves.    

Currently Afera consists of over 100 members from 20 European countries. Based in The Hague since 1999, the association is open for membership to those involved in the European adhesive tape industry such as tape manufacturers, suppliers (raw materials, machine and packaging), converters, distributors, European national tape organisations, institutions and universities.  

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