Under its "pure" brand, PAPSTAR offers a series of disposable items made from renewable raw materials. The items are environmentally-friendly, demand that natural resources are handled carefully, and are biodegradable and compostable. The range currently includes the following: Paper plates, paper bowls, paper cups, plates and bowls made from sugar cane, cups and cutlery made from the organic plastic PLA, wooden cutlery and bowls, and serviettes and tablecloths made from tissue and paper.
Paraffin is predominantly made from the fossil fuel crude oil. Its physical and chemical properties make paraffin suitable for all candle production processes. Highly-purified paraffins have very good combustion quality.
Their versatility makes films made from polyamide (PA) and polyethylene (PE) are a good packaging solution in the food sector. PA/PE films consist of at least one layer of PA and one layer of PE. Particular properties of the material mix:
- Due to PA content: Improvement in mechanical properties, high tear and puncture resistance, barrier effect, low permeability to gases, greases and flavours
- Due to PE content: Barrier effect, impermeability to water vapour, serves as sealing layer and stabiliser for the film.
Typical PAPSTAR products made from PA/PE: Seal edge bags.
Abbreviation: PE. A plastic made by the polymerisation of ethylene. Transparent (milky/cloudy as a thick layer), light, tough, elastic, practically unbreakable, almost chemically invulnerable, waxy feel, becomes soft at 70-80°C and melts at 100-200°C. Polyethylene has a wide range of uses: for packaging films (impermeable to water and water vapour), household goods, bottles, as an insulating material, as corrosion protection, and much more. Typical PAPSTAR products made from PE: Film items such as rubbish bags, rubbish sacks, freezer bags, carrier bags, flat bags.
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
PET is a thermoplastic plastic that is produced through polycondensation and is a member of the polyester family. PET is more transparent and harder than PS and PP. It is temperature resistant in the range -40°C to +40°C. Items in the PAPSTAR range: Salad bowls, smoothie cups, delicatessen bowls.
An organic plastic produced based on vegetable starch. Corn and wheat, from which the natural sugar dextrose is extracted, are most commonly used to obtain the starch. A fermentation process converts the dextrose first into lactic acid and then into versatile polymers. These are used to produce granules that are similar to plastic and are processed in a similar way to plastics based on crude oil. Thanks to their natural base, products made from PLA can be 100% composted in industrial composting plants after use. Products made from PLA are only suitable up to a temperature of +40°C. Typical PAPSTAR products made from PLA: Cold drinks cups.
Abbreviation: PP. A plastic made through the polymerisation of propylene. Similar to polyethylene but more heat resistant. Polypropylene is used in the production of textiles, films, plates, pipes, blown shapes and much more. It is temperature resistant in the range -20°C to +120°C. Typical PAPSTAR products made from PP: Drinks cups, menu plates, soup tureens, drinking straws.
Polypropylene (PP) nonwoven
Polypropylene (PP) nonwoven is a plastic-based material that is similar to textile. PAPSTAR´s range includes the "soft selection" and "soft selection plus" series, which consist of tablecloths, covers, table runners and table sets made from PP nonwoven. The material is especially suitable for professional use in the catering industry. Its advantages over conventional nonwoven tablecloths include that it is wipe-clean, moisture-resistant, tear-resistant and robust. The colour spectrum is coordinated with the serviettes and table runners in the "ROYAL Collection".
Abbreviation: PS. A plastic made by the polymerisation of styrene. Hard as bone, tough, odourless, not harmful to health, resistant to moisture, glossy, transparent or opalescent, with particularly favourable dielectric properties (good insulation material, low loss factor). Polystyrene is easy to process in injection moulding. It is temperature resistant in the range -10°C to +70°C. Typical PAPSTAR products made from PS: Drinks cups, menu plates, soup tureens, cutlery.