Gif products are now offering a range of BOPP WET PIR and THERMAL PCR lamination films.  Our sustainable range of lamination films are made from 30% PIR or PCR content and 70% virgin PP (polypropylene) content.

These sustainable film options can be commonly used in the printing industry to enhance printed materials’ durability and appearance.  PIR stands for Post Industrial Recycled, and PCR stands for Post Consumer Recycled making these films an excellent choice for any sustainable conscious company.  Not only are these films produced using more environmentally friendly materials and processes, Polypropylene is also known for its high-quality finish.  In this blog post, we will discuss the Wet PIR lamination films available in gloss and matt and the Thermal PCR Gloss and Matt lamination films, how they have become popular in the printing and packaging industry, and how they can reduce the impact on the environment and promote sustainable practices.

Wet lamination involves applying a layer of adhesive to the film and then bringing the film & substrate together via a pressure nip system.

Thermal lamination involves activating (via a heat roller) a thermal adhesive layer and then bringing the film & substrate together via a pressure nip system.

These PIR wet lamination films and PCR thermal lamination films are available in either a high gloss finish which provides excellent clarity and slip properties or a matt finish which gives the finished substrate a more sophisticated or subdued look. Both of these film finishes are commonly used for items like book covers, brochures, business cards, packaging, postcards and labels to name just a few and can substantially increase the longevity of the finished products whilst also offering protection against moisture and dust making them a popular choice for all printing, packaging and labelling applications.

PIR/PCR lamination films are an excellent example of a sustainable product, as they are produced using recycled film content:

  1. Made from recyclable materials:

PIR Post Industrial Recycled Polypropylene (waste taken from the manufacturing production lines) is either mechanically or chemically cleaned and processed which is then extruded with the virgin PP reducing the amount of waste generated during the manufacturing process.

PCR Post Consumer Recycled Polypropylene (waste content that has served its original purpose and has been collected, recycled and processed) which is then extruded with the virgin PP reducing the amount of virgin material used in the manufacturing process.

Using recyclable materials helps to reduce the carbon footprint of the industry and promotes sustainable practices.

  1. Reduction in waste:

PIR/PCR lamination films provide excellent protection to printed and non-printed materials, reducing the need for reproduction and ultimately reducing waste. By preventing and protecting the printed materials and by prolonging the shelf life of a product it reduces the amount of waste generated by the industry helping to promote sustainable practices.

  1. Circular Economy.

PIR/PCR lamination films are designed to minimise waste and maximise the use of recycled materials. By using post-industrial recycled and post-consumer recycled materials it helps to reduce the demand for virgin materials and the associated environmental impacts of manufacturing them.

By implementing circular economy principles, these lamination films can help reduce waste, conserve resources, and minimise the environmental impacts of the production of these materials.

  1. Lower carbon footprint:

PIR/PCR BOPP lamination films have a lower carbon footprint compared to other laminating films, such as PVC films. The production of BOPP PIR/PCR lamination films emit fewer greenhouse gases, which reduces the impact on the environment.

In conclusion, Gif Products’ range of BOPP PIR and PCR lamination films are an excellent choice for companies looking to promote sustainability and reduce their environmental impact. The use of post-industrial recycled and post-consumer recycled films make these films an environmentally friendly “no brainer” alternative to traditional laminating films. These films continue to offer superior protection and a high-quality finish to printed materials, reducing the need for reprinting and ultimately reducing waste. By choosing PIR/PCR lamination films, companies can promote sustainable practices, conserve resources, and minimise their carbon footprint, all while enhancing the durability and appearance of their printed materials.

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