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Tree-Free™ Packaging

A Sustainable Alternative to Traditional Paperboard

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What Is Tree-Free™?

In the printing and packaging industry, companies are developing paperboard alternatives to avoid overburdening responsibly managed forests. One such innovation is Tree-Free™ board. Emerald’s Tree-Free™ board is made from sugarcane bagasse, a rapidly renewable resource that can be harvested every nine to 12 months. Instead of burning this waste product, which was once common practice, Emerald has pulped it to produce effective paper and board options.

Packaging aligned with your sustainability goals

How can you benefit from Tree-Free™ packaging? Look to the Lauren Conrad brand for an example. 

The Lauren Conrad brand team sought to shatter conventional thinking for its packaging materials. Lauren’s commitment "to creating beautiful products that are clean, environmentally friendly, ethically sourced, and vegan so you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin” set a clear direction for product packaging.

The company chose the Tree-Free™ option. The folding cartons have a natural organic look, with fibers visible on their surface that signal a brand focused on the environment.

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High Moisture Resistance

Natural Base Stock

Uncoated 2-side sheet

Natural Base Stock Texture

Uses

  • Health and Beauty
  • Food
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Consumer Goods Packaging
Property Measure Unit Method Tolerance Options
Caliper pts Tappi 411 +/- 4% 12 14 16 18
Nominal Basis Weight lb/1000 sq ft Tappi 410 +/- 4% 41.0 46.3 53.9 60.4
Grammage gsm Tappi 410 +/- 4% 200 226 263 295
Thickness microns/10 Tappi 411 +/- 4% 30 36 40 40
Stiffness Tab CD gcm Tappi 489 +/- 15% 29 51 63 82
Stiffness Tab MD cgm Tappi 489 +/- 15% 50 84 101 141
Moisture % Tappi 412 +/- 5% 7 7 7 7
White Coating One Side, Natural Back Paperboard

Natural PVP C1S

High whiteness and brightness coated paperboard with a natural color on back. Designed to highlight printing and bring elegance to your packaging.

Natural PVP C1S Texture

Uses

  • Mass Consumption Products
  • Health and Beauty
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food
  • Confectionery
Property Measure Unit Method Tolerance Options
Caliper pts Tappi 410 +/- 4% 12 14 16 18
Nominal Basis Weight lb/1000 sq ft Tappi 410 +/- 4% 50.2 55.7 63.5 70.1
Grammage gsm Tappi 411 +/- 4% 245 272 310 342
Thickness microns/10 Tappi 411 +/- 4% 30 36 40 46
Stiffness Tab CD gcm Tappi 489 - 15% 24 35 57 63
Stiffness Tab MD gcm Tappi 489 - 15% 39 60 92 115
Brightnesss % Tappi 452 - 3% 85
Gloss 75 FS % Tappi 480 - 4% 50
Moisture % Tappi 412 +/- .5% 7.2
Rugosity Microns Tappi 555   2.5
One Side Coated Paperboard

Natural Coated C1S

Paperboard coated with natural color coating that makes it an elegant product for luxury packaging. Even though the board is coated, it does not lose its natural image and has excellent printing features on both sides. Excellent performance in conversion and optimal printing features. Allows stamping, embossing, and UV applications.

Natural Coated C1S Texture

Uses

  • Luxury Packaging
  • Health and Beauty
  • Confectionary
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Personal Care
Property Measure Unit Method Tolerance Options
Caliper pts     15 17
Nominal Basis Weight lb/1000 sq ft Tappi 410 +/- 4% 57.6 63.1
Grammage g/m2 Tappi 411 +/- 4% 281 308
Thickness microns/10 Tappi 411 +/- 4% 38 43
Stiffness Tab CD gcm Tappi 489 - 15% 57 63
Stiffness Tab MD gcm Tappi 489 - 15% 92 115
Bright 75 FS % Tappi 452 +/- 6% 40
Moisture gcm Tappi 412 +/- .5% 7.2
Rugosity % Tappi 555   3.5

Go Green with Oliver

You can assess Tree-Free™ board options up close. Simply fill out the form below, and we’ll send you some samples.