Appvion's Sustainability

Innovating Tomorrow, Today

We all care about the materials we engage with every day. With our sustainable portfolio EarthChem™, we are dedicated to pioneering sustainable chemical solutions that contribute to a greener and healthier planet. We take a collaborative, customer-focused approach to creating success for brand owners and manufacturers by designing and delivering innovative, environmentally friendly products that fulfill our aspiration to create a better tomorrow. 

Appvion's EarthChem™ Portfolio

The EarthChem portfolio is home to a range of direct thermal products that embody the company's commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. You may already know them. You may already love them, but for the first time, each of them will have found a home with a bright future within it. Each product has features that allow it to fall within at least one of the EarthChem pillars. Some products could have features that allow it to fall within 2 or 3 pillars:

 

 

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Sustainable Chemicals

EarthChem™ includes products made with chemicals that pose little to no threat to human health and the environment via biodegradability. For this pillar, Appvion boasts a patented phenol-free chemistry derived from natural sources, ensuring minimal impact on human health and the environment. 

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Sustainable Materials

Products within this pillar have physical materials with environmentally friendly properties, such as materials sourced from circular economy models. For instance, the base stock for Appvion’s product Résiste® 15% PCW E is manufactured using recycled paper materials. Appvion includes products that leave less carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable, circular economy.

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Sustainable Applications

Products within this pillar have a sustainable feature that applies to how a human interacts with it. For example, any Appvion product that is recyclable, dispersible, or recyclable through repulping programs would fall under this pillar. Appvion's top-coated paper products undergo a sustainable repulping program, minimizing environmental impact and promoting sustainable practices across various industries. 

Explore Our Sustainable Portfolio

All products listed below are BPA Free, BPS Free, PFAS Free, Phenol Free, and Aquatic Friendly. If you have any questions about our sustainable portfolio, you can contact us here

Appvion Products in 3 Pillars

  • SUBSTRATE: Paper

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    CALIPER (mils): 3.1

    BASIS WEIGHT (g/m2): 69.5

    TOP-COATED: X

    IMAGE LONGEVITY: Medium

    APPLICATIONS:

    • Grocery weigh scale labels
      • Deli
      • Bakery
      • Meat
      • Self-weighing
    • Retail labels
    • Logistics

Appvion Products in 2 Pillars

  • SUBSTRATE: Paper

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    CALIPER (mils): 2.2

    BASIS WEIGHT (g/m2): 50.6

    TOP-COATED: 

    IMAGE LONGEVITY: 

    APPLICATIONS:

    • Retail market
    • Gas stations
    • Supermarket
  • SUBSTRATE: Paper

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    CALIPER (mils): 3.15

    BASIS WEIGHT (g/m2): 69.7

    IMAGE LONGEVITY: Low

    APPLICATIONS:

    • Food rotation/inventory (FIFO)
    • Reusable containers
    • Food storage containers
    • Laboratory glassware
  • SUBSTRATE: Paper

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    CALIPER (mils): 3.0

    BASIS WEIGHT (g/m2): 71.6

    TOP-COATED: X

    IMAGE LONGEVITY: Medium

    APPLICATIONS:

    • Package Delivery Labels
    • Logistics Labels

     

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  • SUBSTRATE: Paper

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    CALIPER (mils): 3.05

    BASIS WEIGHT (g/m2): 71.4

    TOP-COATED: X

    IMAGE LONGEVITY: High

    APPLICATIONS:

    • Pharmacy prescription labels
    • Vial labels
  • SUBSTRATE: Paper

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    CALIPER (mils): 2.8

    BASIS WEIGHT (g/m2): 59

    TOP-COATED: X

    IMAGE LONGEVITY: Medium

    APPLICATIONS:

    • Weigh Scale
    • Logistics
    • Package Delivery


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  • SUBSTRATE: Paper

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    CALIPER (mils): 3.2

    BASIS WEIGHT (g/m2): 72

    TOP-COATED: X

    IMAGE LONGEVITY: Medium

    APPLICATIONS:

    • Weigh Scale
    • Logistics
    • Package Delivery


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  • SUBSTRATE: Paper

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    CALIPER (mils): 3.1

    BASIS WEIGHT (g/m2): 70.3

    TOP-COATED: X

    IMAGE LONGEVITY: Medium

    APPLICATIONS:

    • Package delivery labels
    • Warehouse labels
    • Industrial labels
    • Applications using visible light and/or near infrared scanners

Appvion Products in 1 Pillar

  • SUBSTRATE: Film

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    CALIPER (mils): 3.1

    BASIS WEIGHT (g/m2): 59.5

    TOP-COATED: X

    IMAGE LONGEVITY: High

    APPLICATIONS:

    • Long-term indoor and outdoor applications
    • Industrial applications
    • Horticulture

You may have heard California added Bisphenol S (BPS) to its list of chemicals regulated under its Proposition 65 law (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Environment Act of 1986), effective December 29, 2023. Proposition 65 requires that all products containing chemicals on the list be labeled with a warning. It also encourages the removal of these chemicals from products sold in California, thus requiring businesses to develop alternative solutions while keeping quality high and cost manageable.

As awareness of the negative impacts of certain aquatic toxins continues to rise, the demand for cleaner, more sustainable products is expected to soar. With the likelihood of more aquatic toxins being added to Proposition 65 in the near future, the importance of eco-friendly alternatives cannot be emphasized enough. For more information regarding California Proposition 65, click below to download our overview. 

Appvion's Sustainability Strategy

Our sustainability strategy addresses global issues of critical importance, including doing our part to address climate change, minimizing waste, and accelerating the development of sustainably advantaged products. 
We are also building additional momentum by enhancing our culture of inclusion, diversity, and equity, continuously improving our occupational health and safety metrics, and strengthening our engagement with the communities where we operate.

Promoting Responsible Design

Integrating sustainable thinking into our product designs provides consumers with more environmentally and socially favorable choices. For us, sustainability is a key pillar in the innovation process, because how we impact everyday lives is determined during product development.

We focus on how our products can help support the growth of our customers while also reducing our impact on the planet.

 

 

 

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Working Smarter

We are responsible for using as few resources as possible, as efficiently as possible. That’s why we focus on implementing climate solutions, diverting waste from landfills, and using water responsibly. We are committed to improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions associated with our operations. Our employees are continuously finding ways to improve our waste management throughout the lifecycle of our business, and Appvion is committed to ensuring responsible water consumption and management in our operations.
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Acting Responsibly

Acting responsibly at all times is a cornerstone of our culture. We will keep our people safe while focusing on engagement, becoming a more diverse company, and serving as good neighbors in our communities. The safety and health of all our employees is a top priority and goes well beyond compliance with regulations — we put people first and ensure the safety of our team members above all else. We seek to empower all employees to contribute their best and create a flexible, diverse, and inclusive environment that inspires innovative solutions, business results, and lasting relationships.
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Optimizing Design

By ‘optimizing design,’ we will reduce our product’s environmental and social impacts. This objective commits us to use more renewable materials, taking every opportunity to make our solutions recyclable and engaging with our direct suppliers on sustainable business practices. By rethinking our products, supply chain relationships, and customer needs, we are dramatically increasing our productivity, reducing costs, fostering development and market innovation, and providing customers with more value at a lower environmental impact.

 

Our Sustainability Certifications

We recognize the importance of strategic collaboration to make meaningful progress across our value chain. Engaging with third-party organizations helps us broaden our sustainability efforts so that together, we have a greater impact. We are committed to sourcing wood-fiber material from certified chain of custody and non-controversial sources. Ask about our FSC® certified products and to view our certifications, click the icons below.
SFI marks are registered marks owned by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.

Appvion 2022 Sustainability Report

2022 Appvion Sustainability Report

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