Derprosa is a brand of lamination films for paper. We are effectively talking about plastic films given that most of them are made from polypropylene.
It is true that both manufacturers like us and society as a whole are becoming more and more aware of the environmental problems caused by the huge, uncontrollable amount of plastic waste that, for different reasons, ends up scattered around our fields and polluting our seas.
However, the origin of the problem is not the plastic itself, it is what is done with it once we, the consumers, have finished using it. I am talking not only at the consumer level of society but also at the public service level, whose role it is to provide the necessary means so that plastic waste can be collected and dealt with efficiently.
At Taghleef industries, responsible industrial manufacturers that we are, we have introduced all the technical and technological measures within our power to optimize all our manufacturing processes. From reusing raw materials from our internal processes to producing increasingly thinner films, we are manufacturing the same high-quality films while using less resources. We have developed technology for single-material films which makes the recycling process easier as well as incorporating new raw materials, such as polylactic acid, which despite being a plastic, is made from 100% vegetable sources and is biodegradable.
It is important to highlight that lamination films for graphic art make the printed products more resistant, therefore prolonging their shelf-life. Besides, paper products laminated with Derprosa’s Bi-oriented polypropylene films are completely recyclable using usual paper recycling processes because the film can be separated from the paper and both materials can be reused separately. The alternative to lamination would be varnishing, but not only would some of the properties provided by lamination be lacking, the recycling process becomes more complicated as the varnish cannot be separated from the paper.
And that is not all Deprosa has done. In addition to our films being made from one single material, making it easier to assemble film kinds together, therefore facilitating the recycling process, we have developed the following films:
reLife: A range of films which are made using 50% recycled post-consumer raw material, that is to say, plastic which has previously been used in society. Instead of being incinerated, disposed of in landfills or ending up in our oceans, it is reused to produce new raw material identical to the original one used. This is possible using an industrial process called pyrolysis, carried out by some petrochemical companies . Through external certification and auditing we can guarantee that we really are using that chemically recycled material in out new films.
Nativia: A range of films produced entirely with PLA (polylactic acid), which comes from corn starch and is totally biodegradable.
We have stopped manufacturing our range of oxo-degradable films long before the international regulations banning this films comes into force since there are no evidences supporting the claim that the microplastics to which these films degrade in Nature can cause no harm at all.
Backed by organizations, laboratories and our industrial partners and making the most of the synergy between the multiple divisions of Taghleef Industries, we continue working to optimize and improve our processes. Together we can reduce our environmental impact as much as possible whilst not only improving our products but also our relationship with society.
If you want to find out more about our recyclability certificates, our raw materials, our commitment to the environment or have any other query, don’t hesitate to contact us.