The product, called MoistureBloc for Corrugated, is completely repulpable and 100 per cent recyclable, and according to Appleton represents a major breakthrough in barrier packaging.
For a start, it is environmentally sound. The company says that boxes or roll headers that offer high barrier properties to protect against moisture damage typically contain wax or poly-based coatings that prevent them from being easily recycled.
MoistureBloc for Corrugated contains a patent pending coating that provides outstanding moisture barrier protection and crack resistance.
"Our linerboard product will run smoothly on existing converting equipment and, because it is equivalent to 100 per cent clean OCC (old corrugated cardboard), it is fully repulpable," said Steve Sakai, vice president of performance packaging at Appleton.
Old corrugated cardboard is a category of recycled waste that includes kraft linerboard and containerboard cartons of corrugated paper, as well as brown paper grocery bags.
"We see tremendous value in Appleton's MoistureBloc for Corrugated product and have expanded our portfolio of moisture-resistant corrugated products to include those made with MoistureBloc," said Mike Riegsecker, general manager-Neenah Complex, Menasha Packaging.