The PROTĒAN™ technology platform is a plant derivative that can replace legacy coating technologies and provide sustainability credentials to multiple single-use paper products. PROTĒAN™’s unique formula becomes interlaced in the paper matrix, lending significant strength properties to the base paper and facilitating recyclability. It is free of plastic and bio-plastics, does not contain any type of polylactic acid or starch and does not use fluorocarbons or bio-waxes.
Cellulose based materials are known for their high thermal stability, good oxygen barrier function, chemical and mechanical resilience, ability to fully biodegrade and non-toxic nature. These characteristics make cellulose and its derivatives the material of choice for environmentally friendly packaging and food service applications and single-use disposable goods. However, a key challenge of the format for these sectors is its hydrophilicity and many of the available coating solutions that can be used to add water-resistant properties to cellulose based materials, including fossil-fuel based resins and polymers, are environmentally unfriendly.
PROTĒAN™ is a versatile technology that is scalable to achieve multiple levels of water-, grease- and oil-resistance while keeping the materials recyclable, biodegradable and compostable under normal conditions. It contains no volatile compounds, delivers a small green footprint and is an easy, drop-in solution that can be used by all commercial mills without a large capital investment.