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delfort paves the way to smooth PFAS-free packaging transition

Heard the buzz on PFAS? New legislations and restrictions of PFAS worldwide are expected to significantly reduce the use of fluorochemicals. Food-on-the-go brands that depend on PFAS in their food packaging look to delfort for support. 

We have developed groundbreaking PFAS-free solutions offering a range of sustainable, safe, and highly functional packaging papers. Brands can start transitioning to cleaner paper packaging today!


ever wonder why the grease of your juicy burger doesn’t leak through the wrapper?

Often, it’s thanks to fluorochemicals, so-called PFAS; chemicals that are used to make materials grease-resistant. Lately, the public and legislators have been taking a closer look at PFAS and find it’s not always necessary. 

Fortunately, delfort started looking into cleaner alternatives about a decade ago. "We recognized a need for PFAS-free, highly functional packaging papers," says Dr. Martin Zahlbruckner, CEO of delfort. “We’ve been at the forefront enabling major fast-food restaurants to become pioneers of sustainable food packaging. We make it easy for everyone to successfully master this transition."


the problem with PFAS

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have made convenient eating habits achievable, by making food packaging paper grease-resistant. Society is realizing, however, that PFAS should be handled with care. PFAS are a common class of over 4,700 highly stable, man-made chemicals that do not easily break down after use. As a result, PFAS causes contamination to groundwater and drinking water. [1] Also, PFAS can stay in the body for a long period where they may accumulate with some fluorochemicals that have been linked to negative health effects. [2]


a clean, PFAS-free packaging paper

No one wants to compromise on high functionality standards! Therefore, delfort developed thinbarrier® eco, a range of wrapping papers that compete with traditional grease-resistant packaging. 

  •  safe and sustainable food packaging free of PFAS. 
  • equipped with a plant-based coating. 
  • mono-material and recyclable where facilities are available. 
  • eco FIT is certified as compostable by the Composting Manufacturing Alliance (CMA). 
  • perfect for most greasy food applications such as hamburgers and french fry bags. 
  • available in white and natural.
  • ranging from 25.5 – 45g/m2 (16-28lbs). 
  • excellent grease-resistance.
  • optimal moisture vapor transition rate, meaning no soggy foods.

PFAS ban effective

Denmark and the Netherlands are the first countries in Europe with effective PFAS ban in place. Beginning of 2023, the EU Member States of Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden officially submitted a proposal to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to restrict all per- and polyfluroroalkyl substances across the EU. Depending on the duration of the review process, the introduction of the PFAS ban could take place in 2025/26.

The EU is not alone. In the USA, 12 states have already enacted a PFAS-bans. In California, Maine, New York and Washington State it is already in place. Additionally, there are pending PFAS legislations in minimum eight other US states.


the need for a ‘clean start’ is urgent

Food industry brands should already be exploring cleaner packaging options. delfort drives industry standards and accountability through its’ compliance with REACH, other European Union legislation, and national laws and regulations. “Customers who choose delfort’s thinbarrier® eco range choose solutions that already meet future regulations today,” says Dr. Martin Zahlbruckner. delfort’s vast coating technology experts are supporting converters and brand owners on their way to a smooth PFAS-free packing transition offering their customers a clean food packaging solution.

Learn more about our PFAS-free range of QSR packaging papers 


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