Kansas Patent of the Month – June 2021

Agricultural fibers – from plants and the like – are great materials for the structure of paper. When compressed, they can be manufactured easily and quickly, and offer a negative carbon footprint solution. However, as is the nature of plant based materials, they have a limitation when it comes to water. Some paper products are used in conditions where they are exposed to weather. For instance, Kraft paper is often used in packaging operations, between layers of palletized products. If these pallets are left outside they may be exposed to rain and the Kraft paper can fall apart. Agriboard International, LLC. has developed a coating that can produce a degree of water resistance, thereby enhancing the paper product’s structure.

Their coating is based on a polymeric formulation capable of bonding when overtop of a cellulose based structure – like Kraft paper. Their coating consists of a styrene butadiene copolymer, in addition to calcium carbonate particles, and a cellulose ether combined in an aqueous solution. The paper is coated in the formulation, allowed to dry and then used as usual. When water contacts the coated paper product, it simply pools and runs off rather than being absorbed into the cellulosic material.

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