Frequently Asked Questions

Application Questions

Q1: What are the primary applications for PaperTyger products?

Major end uses are durable envelopes, insurance ID cards, maps, brochures, menus, certificates, licenses, book covers, law labels, and many more.


General Questions

Q1: What is PaperTyger?

PaperTyger is a complete line of tear and water resistant paper laminates. Products offered include premium high bright printing paper and papers for the envelope, tag and label book publishing. While offering comparable durability to synthetic papers, PaperTyger prints and converts like ordinary paper.

Q2: Is PaperTyger synthetic paper?

No it isn’t, synthetic papers are all totally plastic.  PaperTyger is manufactured with real coated and uncoated papers in a unique patented paper / film laminating process.

Q3: Is PaperTyger as durable as synthetic paper?

Yes, because PaperTyger products are made with an inner layer of plastic film.

Q4: Is PaperTyger easy to print?

One of the most significant advantages of PaperTyger products is the ease of printing. There are no special inks or set ups required and no prolonged drying times. Consistent and smooth printing surfaces result in exceptional graphics.

Q5: Is PaperTyger available in rolls and sheets?

Our products are made in master rolls of various widths and can be slit or sheeted to the desired width / size.

Q6: What basis weights and finishes are available?

Our products are available in basis weights ranging from 17# to 10.5PT (65gsm to 290gsm), and from translucent to high brightness white uncoated and coated papers.

Q7: Can PaperTyger be laser or digitally printed?

Yes, in many cases.  Appleton has done internal print testing and can provide that information with regards to specific papers and printers.

Q9: Does PaperTyger stay flat?

PaperTyger is laminated using a patented solventless or 100% solids technology. This laminating method requires no ovens to cure or burn off solvents and does not use water-based adhesives, as a result, our laminated papers are more stable.

Q10: Is PaperTyger compostable?

Oxo-biodegradable plastic does not degrade quickly in low temperature composting, but it is ideal for “in-vessel” composting at high temperatures. Compostability of plastics is really an irrelevance because compostable plastics are far too expensive for everyday use, and there are very few industrial composting facilities available. Moreover, as it is difficult and expensive to separate compostable plastics from other plastics, many industrial composters do not want plastic of any kind in their feedstock. Furthermore, it is known that compostable plastics produce methane gases.

Q11. What are the competing brands?

“Synthetic Papers” are referred to as that because they are plastic and essentially have taken the place of paper in various applications because the paper isn’t durable enough. They include the following product names: Yupo, Polyart, Teslin, Kimdura, Valeron, Hop-Syn & Tyvek.

Q12: When would you use paper/film/paper versus a synthetic?

There are distinct advantages to printing paper especially for printers/converters that use predominantly paper as their main raw material. Synthetics typically require special inks, settings, plates and have prolonged drying times. Paper/film/paper is also a preferred choice for applications requiring durability where the product is not exposed to the elements for prolonged periods of time because of its printing and converting advantages and comparable durability.


Oxo-Degradability

Q1: What is PaperTyger Oxo?

PaperTyger Oxo is the world’s most environmentally responsible tear resistant product. The durable inner film used in producing PaperTyger Oxo is Oxo-biodegradable and the film will begin degradation in 2 years when oxygen is present. Oxo – Biodegradable films perform in the same manner as regular films with no compromise of strength or durability.

Q2: What is Oxo Biodegradable?

This technology consists of the addition of a special additive to the polymer which allows for a controlled two-step degradation/biodegradation. After the 2-year programmed life cycle, the film begins to embrittle and break down into microscopic pieces which are then naturally consumed by micro-organisms. This occurs without the release of toxic products or any negative influence on the environment. Oxo-degradable films degrade anywhere in the presence of oxygen.

Q3: What is the time period for degradation / biodegradation?

The additive has been developed to give a controlled shelf life of approximately 24 months.

Q4: How does Oxo work?

A very small amount of pro-degradant additive is put into the manufacturing process. This breaks the molecular chains in the polymer, and at the end of its useful life, the product falls apart. The plastic does not just fragment but will be consumed by bacteria and fungi after the additive has reduced the molecular weight to a level which permits micro-organisms access to the carbon and hydrogen. It is, therefore “biodegradable”.

Q5: Is PaperTyger Oxo recyclable?

Yes. Oxo-biodegradable plastic can be recycled as part of the normal plastic waste stream during its life cycle.