tesa’s certified-recyclable 60408 packaging tape – constituting a paper-based backing, natural rubber adhesive, and bio-based resin with a total bio-based carbon content of 92% – is now available for purchase.

DIN CERTCO has awarded the tape with its highest biocarbon content rating of > 85% and it is apparently ideal in light-to-medium weight packaging applications of up to 20kg. Furthermore, it is certified according to INGEDE Method 12 and can be recycled alongside the packaging application in paper and card recycling streams.

Produced in a solvent-free process, it is said to offer high tensile strength and tear resistance in a bid to ensure that packages remain secure throughout the supply chain. Its adhesion is described as ‘excellent’ in all cardboard applications, a feature attributed to its wear-resistant backing.

tesa 60408 is also reported to be compatible with various ink systems and provides high printability for branding purposes.

Both manual and automatic dispensers can handle the tape, according to tesa, with the solution said to be silent in use. The company envisions that its new tape will be used in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, logistics, warehousing, and supply chain sectors as an alternative to conventional packaging tapes.

“We are committed to helping our customers with their sustainability agendas, by developing solutions that offer more sustainable features,” says Andreas Walkembach, head of Industrial Trade & Converting Europe at tesa. “Our new tesa 60408 bio-based paper packaging tape has been developed to deliver high adhesive performance while also contributing to sustainability.

“By choosing a bio-based packaging tape, our customers can take one step further to reducing their use of virgin plastics and achieving their overall sustainability goals – and we continue to be proud to support them in their efforts.”

In another recent release, tesa’s paper-based tear tape, tesa 51344, sets its own sights on keeping adhesive tapes out of paper waste streams and improving the recyclability of board and paper shipping envelopes and boxes.

Essentra Tapes launched its own paper-based tear tape last year as part of its ECO range, seeking to enable e-commerce companies to reach their sustainability goals while facilitating kerbside recycling for consumers.

A different solution saw Returnity release a reusable pack, The Last Box, with the aim of cutting four million cardboard boxes out of retailers’ internal shipping and delivery applications this year.