“Lamination is commonplace in print shops, but it’s a dated method for creating durable printed materials. Our latest report highlights easy alternatives, like Hop-Syn synthetic paper, and the steps that print service providers can take to have a more positive impact on the environment,” comments Jack Smith, senior vice president, Hop Industries.
Although lamination can extend the life of pulp-based paper by protecting it from tears and water damage, its manufacturing process uses harsh chemicals. Plastic coatings also add more time, steps, and cost to the print production process, and they prevent the material from being recycled.
An alternative to lamination is the environmentally-friendly Hop-Syn synthetic paper, the company says. Hop-Syn offers a variety of grades that are dimensionally stable, durable, and more affordable than laminated paper for mid- to long-run applications.