A crystal-clear commitment to sustainability 24 November 2023

tesa, an international manufacturer of adhesive tapes and self-adhesive product solutions, is relaunching one of its classics. From now on, the well-known tesafilm® will be more sustainable and will be joined by the new tesafilm® Eco & Crystal line.

The backing is made from 90% recycled PET, the adhesive mass from water-based acrylate, and the roll core from 100% industrially generated residues from plastic processing. In keeping with these developments, tesa is introducing a new design: The sustainable progress of tesafilm® Eco & Crystal will be visible on all packaging and at the POS.

With the high recycled portion in its backing material, the new tesafilm® Eco & Crystal is not only more sustainable, but also scores points for its high tensile strength and durability, coupled with high transparency. “We are delighted that with tesafilm® Eco & Crystal, we are able to offer our customers a product that is not only more sustainable, but also remains thoroughly impressive in its quality and performance. As part of our sustainability strategy, we are continually adapting existing ranges, and we’re aiming to pick up the pace of this process. Our well-known tesafilm® has gone through various stages of evolution over the years. Now, another crucial stage has been reached,” says Dr. Andreas Mack, member of the executive board for the consumer division at tesa.

tesa states that the 90% PCR-PET (post-consumer recycled PET) content in the backing material of the new tesafilm® Eco & Crystal has been externally certified by UL-Solutions to the UL ECVP 2809-2 standard. The certificate for the INGEDE Method 12 is also available. The product can therefore be disposed of with packaging in paper waste without risk to the paper recycling process.

The company adds that the packing materials in the range have also been tested, further developed, and mostly have a recycled paper content of 80% – 100%. The blister caps of the packaging are made of 100% PCR-PET. “For the launch, we have set our sights on all the components in the range. Individual packaging formats that have not yet been converted will gradually be replaced with more sustainable alternatives,” adds Andreas.

Packing tape with 70 percent recycled PET to be launched in parallel 

It’s not only the tesafilm® range that is becoming more sustainable with the launch of the new product; the associated production line for adhesive packaging tapes is also gaining a more sustainable product. tesapack® Eco & Ultra Strong, which is already available in a transparent version, is now being launched in brown. It consists of 70% recycled PET in the backing and is coated with a water-based acrylic adhesive.

The manufacturing process is solvent-free, and the roll core is produced from 100% recycled cardboard. tesapack® Eco & Ultra Strong is also certified in accordance with INGEDE Method 12 and can be disposed of together with packaging in the paper waste. tesapack® Eco & Ultra Strong is notable for its particularly high tear resistance and adhesive strength – making it suitable even for heavy boxes weighing up to 30kg.

The PCR-PET-based products tesafilm® Eco & Crystal and tesapack® Eco & Ultra Strong are available from specialist retailers and in selected online stores and will be available in retail stores from January 2024.

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