Digital Printing Service in Singapore

Synthetic Papers (Plastic Waterproof Material)

1. Introduction

Synthetic paper emerged during the mid-1900s as a means of seeking alternatives to traditional wood-pulp paper, with the intention to reduce deforestation and create an environmentally friendly option for an item used on an everyday basis. As the mid-twentieth century petrochemical industry was thriving, there were several businesses in Japan, as well as the UK that were interested in furthering the product development, which led to some of the top brands of synthetic papers today.

2. What is Synthetic Paper made of?

The Synthetic Paper we stock is made of Polypropylene (PP), which shares properties that are common between paper and film. It has grease-resistant, tear-resistant, as well as water-resistant, on top of feeling and looking just like regular paper. It retains the vibrance of white and feels like wood cellulose fibre paper.

3. Range of Applications

Food & Beverage Waterproof Menus

As sanitisation of menus is extremely important, the F&B industry has been reliant on laminated menus to ensure that their printed menus are able to withstand endless handling by their customers. Synthetic Paper has become more and more popular amongst F&B outlets as it carries identical properties to a laminated paper menu without the additional cost of lamination.

Example of menu design for SnowCup Bubble Tea Shop, black background.

Example of menu design for SnowCup Bubble Tea Shop, colourful background.

Cosmetics & Pharmaceuticals Industry

In terms of printing, packaging and labelling, the cosmetics industry relies a lot on synthetic paper to provide their end-users with a durable, longer-lasting product. Synthetic stickers, as well as waterproof papers made for packaging, are a common choice for most of these products meant to go on shelves in the market. As these papers are made of plastic, it does not yellow and allows for a longer shelf-life per printed product.

Medical Industry

Synthetic paper wristbands are usually made for patients as they are resistant to moisture, as well as tear-resistant. This allows the labels to last quite significantly even as the patient showers with the permanent wristband still on his/her body.

Horticultural Industry

Synthetic cards/labels are great for florists to include tags or labels on their bouquets or outdoor labels for their potted plants for sale. Furthermore, the waterproof quality of such paper makes it suitable for lumber tags.

4. Properties

Being made from mostly plastic, this synthetic sheet is capable of being run under the tap without any damage, for sanitization. Even if the sheet is being soaked for 24 hours, the print-outs will not be affected. (Note: This material is not weatherproof! Colour will fade if used outdoors for a prolonged period.)

With a little soap and water, any oil stains will be able to be removed from the printed synthetic sheet

Tear-Resistant & Highly durable
Unlike paper-based fibres, these 0.2mm thick synthetic sheets do not tear easily, making them highly durable and lasting.

Smooth Appearance & Touch
Printouts using these sheets appear to have a cool white undertone, on a smooth and matte surface.

Cost-effective & Eco-friendly
High-cost savings come with the use of this material since no lamination is required. Furthermore, they can be recycled for more than one use and allows business owners to use fewer resources to maintain their printed product.

5. User’s safety

This cardstock is rather sharp in its corners, so we highly recommend for all our users consider going for Rounded Corners.

6. Lead Time

Do note that all orders using this synthetic paper is considered a more premium material, compared to our regular art cards, and require more care and attention to work with. Thus, it is crucial to note that there is a minimum lead time of 24 hours for production before placing your order!

Rounded Corners for safety.

7. Usage Suggestions

Synthetic Name Cards
Waterproof Menus

Horticultural Tag

Shipping Tag
Bathroom Signage
Swimming Pool Signage
Waterproof Instructional Guides (Airplanes, Cruises)