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Paper That Performs Like Plastic

Impermea Materials has created paper & paperboard packaging coatings that allow the coated paper to outperform its plastic counterparts. 

Plastic lining has become a dominant material in the food packaging industry due to its ability to preserve and protect food products from contamination, moisture, and other environmental factors. Plastic-lined food packaging has become ubiquitous, from single-use plastic bags to multi-layered plastic and paper containers. However, this convenience comes at a significant cost to the environment, as plastic waste has become a substantial source of pollution in our oceans and landfills. Finding sustainable alternatives to plastic in food packaging has become a crucial challenge for businesses and consumers. This is where Impermea Materials stands above its competitors for various reasons. 

Impermea Materials has created paper & paperboard packaging coatings that allow the coated paper to outperform its plastic counterparts. Our water-based solutions eliminate the need for plastic or PE-coated alternatives while improving the substrate's durability and functionality - creating the ability to ditch plastic for our high-performing, sustainable, and PFAS-free (100% fluorine-free) plastic alternative. Our solutions offer best-in-class oil & grease resistance, top-of-the-line moisture & oxygen barrier properties, and incredibly low coat weights without sacrificing your substrates' recyclability, compostability, and repulpability. 

Every industry and company has different needs for their desired coating solutions; this comes from various substrates, preferred performance, and unique situations. That is why Impermea Materials offers a wide range of solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of every individual client, whether through our off-the-shelf solutions or by creating customized options. Take a peak at some of their paper & paperboard coatings here:

Impermea Materials’ HYDRO-PAK 4000 is a water-resistant, heat-sealable barrier designed for paper & paperboard packaging. It is a non-toxic and PFAS-free alternative to the typical plastic coatings. HYDRO-PAK 4000 maintains repulpability, recyclability, compostability, and flexibility, making it an  excellent choice for an eco-friendly alternative for your single-use product needs. This solution is ideal for paper trays, cardboard boxes, cold cups, mailing envelopes, and lidded food cups. 

Impermea’s HYDRO-PAK+MVTR 4040 is a water-based coating with a superior Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate (MVTR) compared to typical polycoated and waxed papers. It is US FDA compliant, gluable through a cold set and heat melt adhesives, and can print with water-based inks. HYDRO-PAK+ MVTR 4040 offers a moisture and oxygen barrier while maintaining glueability, glycol-ether free, and heat sealable. This solution is ideal for food packaging, egg cartons, fruit cartons, fresh herb packages, bread bags, and dried fruit. 

OLEO-PAK 4100 helps improve the performance and life cycle of paper & paperboard packaging while offering oil & grease-resistant coatings while being PFAS-free and non-toxic. Made for easy application, and designed for use on flat or foldable substrates, allowing for excellent flexibility and foldability. This solution complies with various food contact regulations and maintains printability with water-based ink. OLEO-PAK 4100 is best for frozen ready-prepared foods intended to be reheated in the container at the time of use. 

REL-PAK 4700 is a two-part formulation of (REL-PAK 4700A & REL-PAK 4700B) that is PFAS-free & FDA-compliant. It is a silicone-based film-forming barrier featuring release properties designed for food and bakery paper applications. This solution offers superior food and bakery release, with excellent slip and block resistance. REL-PAK 4700 preserves the flexibility and foldability of a substrate while remaining compliant with food contact regulations. This solution works great for applications such as baking paper, baking, candy cups, waxed paper, and butter paper. 

Impermea Materials is leading the way in creating innovative and sustainable solutions for paper and packaging products that perform like plastic while being an alternative to traditional plastic packaging. Impermea Materials' commitment to sustainability is at the core of its products, creating non-toxic, PFAS-free, and FDA-compliant coatings designed to address the challenges of plastic food packaging while maintaining the product’s performance.



Impermea Materials, formerly known as DetraPel Industrial, is an advanced materials company based in Massachusetts that synthesizes and manufactures the highest-performing barrier solutions, which are PFAS-free and plastic-free. Our paper & paperboard packaging product line allows customers to unlock repulpable, recyclable, compostable, and PFAS-free product innovation. We offer customizable oil & grease resistant (OGR), moisture/water vapor transmission barrier (MVTR), fan-apart adhesives, and release coatings enabling customers to win new business and gain additional market share. Our products replace existing coatings that do not enable materials like paper to replace plastic due to a lack of performance. Traditional solutions in the market are facing regulatory action due to PFAS, Plastic, or other less sustainable materials. Our solutions provide an offering that truly outperforms legacy technologies without sacrificing the sustainability you need.

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