Month: November 2016

November 21, 2016

Retailers of all sizes are fighting “unknown shrinkage.” For companies like Walmart, theft is forcing them to claim significant losses of approximately $3 billion annually (1% of its revenue.) To solve this challenge, retailers are using synthetic paper substrates to create more clever deterrents, while staying true to their sustainability initiatives.

Hop-Syn Synthetic Paper for Anti-Theft Packaging


The sheer durability of Hop-Syn G2 and XT synthetic paper grades make it ideal for anti-theft product packaging, especially for manufacturers that are selling expensive merchandise over the counter where the packaging necessitates extra tear resistance to prevent it from being tampered with before purchasing.

The Hop-Syn G2 and XT synthetic paper grades also eliminate the need for excessive packaging typically found with blister packaging and clamshell designs. In fact, retailers can stock up to 75% more products in a pegboard display when using Hop-Syn synthetic papers versus clamshells.

Multiple Paper Grade Options

The Hop-Syn G2 grade is the heaviest gauge in the market today, and the XT grade boasts extreme tear resistance. Both grades offer a high dyne level and smooth matte finish that deliver excellent printability on both sides, so graphics can pop. Hop-Syn synthetic papers are environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable as a polypropylene plastic, under code #5.

Hop-Syn synthetic paper is made to stand the test of time. Easily die-cut without compromising its tear resistant properties, Hop-Syn synthetic paper can also be used with hot-melt and PUR glues to create a permanent bond that makes any package more tamper resistant. Its clay-filled, single layered construction is also waterproof and UV-resistant from discoloring under direct sunlight. This prevents the printed image and text from warping, scuffing or fading during the packaging, shipping, and storage process.

Hop-Syn synthetic paper is an ideal substrate for anti-theft packaging because it has the look and feel of paper, but can withstand extreme temperature and weather conditions. This allows the synthetic paper to be used for indoor and outdoor applications, where the quality of the printed image and packaging are not compromised. These are just some of the reasons why retailers use it for their packaging.

Glue Sticks to Hop-Syn

rfidSometimes anti-theft radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and other tracking tools are more effective when they are fully concealed. In cases like this, manufacturers use the Hop-Syn XT paper, especially for its tear resistant qualities, to enclose, seal, and prevent RFID tracking devices from being detected.

Based on Hop-Syn’s unique composition of polypropylene and calcium carbonate, the Hop-Syn synthetic paper can withstand extreme temperatures — from -40 F up to 220 F. It does not distort or warp during the hot melt gluing process, and its integrity also helps to protect the RFID tag and package throughout the lifecycle of the product.

Hop-Syn Tamper-Resistant Solutions

wristbandWristbands come in a range of shapes and sizes, and any concert-goer knows that once they go on, they stay on. The indestructible nature of the Hop-Syn synthetic paper makes wristbands one of the leading tamper-resistant options available.
Similarly, the synthetic paper is also used for tamper-resistant labeling, expanded content labels, and stickers. The Hop-Syn XT paper is available in thickness ranging from 4 mil to 10 mil. It can be printed using multiple printing processes including offset, UV inkjet, flexography, screen and thermal transfer.

For more information about the Hop-Syn synthetic paper line call 1-800-524-0757 or visit Request a free product guide.

November 14, 2016


We’re back from PACK EXPO in Chicago where we featured our Hop-Syn synthetic paper as an anti-theft and tamper-resistant packaging solution. At the EXPO, we demonstrated pegboard displays, which can stock 75% more products packaged with Hop-Syn synthetic paper versus PVC-based blister or clamshell packaging.

Our Hop-Syn papers are more than just an ideal tamper-resistant alternative, they are also sensible environmental solutions for eliminating excessive packaging and waste, while providing the security that retailers need.img_3575

100% Recyclable Tamper-Resistant Packaging Options

For anti-theft and tamper-resistant packaging, we recommend the Hop-Syn G2 and XT synthetic paper grades. All Hop-Syn synthetic paper grades are 100% free of stearates and heavy metals, which makes Hop-Syn 100% recyclable. This PVC-free environmentally-friendly plastic is fundamental to helping retailers stay true to their sustainability mandates.

The G2 grade is the heaviest gauge in the market today, and is a superior alternative to conventional plastic. Printing on the Hop-Syn G2 paper grade is akin to printing on pulp-based paper, and produces excellent results. It’s high scuff, tear and weather resistance make it ideal for secure packaging.

The Hop-Syn XT grade is exceptionally tear resistant — a must for anti-theft packaging. Like all Hop-Syn synthetic papers, the XT is 100% recyclable, and made from a unique mixture of calcium carbonate and polypropylene resin.

Free samples of the Hop-Syn paper grades are available upon request. Contact us at 1-800-524-0757 or visit

November 4, 2016

pack-expo-logo-with-dates-and-placeHop-Syn is making the final exhibit of the year at Pack Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL on November 6 -9.  We will be featuring our polypropylene based films excellent for tamper and tear resistant packaging applications.  There are no excuses not to attend — Free passes are available courtesy of Hop-Syn!  We will be at Booth#E-9212 (view floorplan) so stop by and pick up free samples. Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information visit


November 1, 2016

Retailers have a choice when it comes to their in-store signage, flower-signbut some habits are hard to break. For decades, banner vinyl reigned as the go-to substrate for durable displays, but as each sign goes up, so does the cost to the environment. To solve this dilemma, retailers and their print partners are making the calculated decision to use Hop-Syn synthetic paper, which boasts a similar look and feel to vinyl, without the environmental damage, and is 100% recyclable.


What’s So Bad About Banner Vinyl?

Vinyl, or polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is a very common plastic material. The versatile plastic is used in countless formulations and configurations -- vinyl banners and labels are just two of the thousands. The most notable problems with banner vinyl are attributed to the production and disposal of it. Vinyl requires the input of toxic, raw chemicals including chlorine and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), ethylene dichloride (EDC), and mercury. These are highly-polluting and cancer-causing, releasing carcinogenic chlorinated dioxines, which bio-accumulate throughout the food chain and pollute groundwater. Other by-products, including phthalates, lead, cadmium, tin and other chemicals, are released during the lifecycle of vinyl.


The Hop-Syn Alternative to Banner Vinyl Signage

Corporate sustainability requirements are mandating that retailers grocery-storeimplement environmentally-friendly solutions, and retailers are choosing Hop-Syn synthetic paper as their vinyl alternative. Based on its polypropylene composition, Hop-Syn is 100% recyclable under recycling code #5. The synthetic papers come in a variety of options, from backlit or block-out window posters to weather-resistant displays and banners. The papers are temperature and extra-tear resistant, and available for two-sided printing of point of purchase signs and displays.


Retailers use Hop-Syn TO paper grade based on its high opacity for two-sided printing. The grade can be sewn or grommeted and is extremely tear resistant, with excellent UV resistance properties -- up to 1-year outdoors, without yellowing.


Hop-Syn XT is an extra tear-resistant synthetic paper, with bright opacity up to 94%. Due to its high dyne level, it offers excellent printability and is ideal for print promotions that will used in the most demanding environmental conditions.


Making the Switch to the Hop-Syn Vinyl Alternative

Competitively priced to vinyl, Hop-Syn synthetic papers meet the growing requirement for sustainability that corporations are rightfully imposing on their brick-and-mortars. As a result, more print partners are stocking Hop-Syn synthetic papers to ensure the quick turnaround of their clients’ print projects.

Hop Industries, the makers of Hop-Snn synthetic papers, stocks over one million pounds of inventory in its NJ warehouse, and can guarantee to ship from a large inventory of stock sheets, within 24-hours.

To ensure that print partners use the Hop-Syn synthetic papers, retailers are also specifying it. This added step is necessary to confirm that with each project, they are meeting their corporate requirements for sustainability.


In-House Converting Serves a Variety of Applicationsbanner-in-window-display

Hop offers in-house converting capabilities, giving retailers the opportunity to choose from large format sheets up to 60 x 83 inches, rewound rolls from 38-inches up to 62-inches in width, and narrow-width rolls as small as 3-inches in width, to service a wide variety of printers and applications. Hop-Syn’s custom converted paper is available within 3-days from the order date.


Reinforcing Retailers’ Commitment to the Environment

With each sign that gets printed on Hop-Syn synthetic paper, retailers reinforce their environmental commitment, and Hop-Syn is making it easy for them to accomplish this with its 100% recyclable synthetic paper. For more information about Hop-Syn call 800.524.0757 or visit