What is Tyvek®?

Feels like paper, but it's not paper
Feels like fabric, but it's not fabric
Distinctive look & feel
Lightweight & flexible
Water-resistant, yet breathable
Tear-resistant & durable
Printable and convertible
100% Recyclable
DuPont™ Tyvek® – a spunbonded material made from high-density polyethylene fibers – offers a portfolio of tough, durable sheet products that are stronger than paper and more cost-effective and versatile than fabrics.Since Tyvek® was initially discovered in 1955, DuPont has been a recognized global leader in selective barrier technology. Lightweight and durable, water-resistant yet breathable, DuPont™ Tyvek® has introduced new dimensions of protection, security and safety in a wide variety of categories, including building envelopes , industrial protective apparel, and medical packaging. Today, Tyvek® is being used as a trendy material for lifestyle consumer product design.

There are two different structures of Tyvek® used in graphics and consumer goods applications: paper-like hard structure and fabric-like soft structure. DuPont has been collaborating with value chain partners to enhance the flexibility of Tyvek® for product design, and enable the infinite possibilities in color, shape and structure of the products. Global retail brands, such as Ikea and Starbucks, as well as various entrepreneurial businesses have launched products designed with Tyvek® that focus on environmental protection and lifestyle and sustainability.


Allows water vapor to escape


Sheds rain, snow and spills


Resists punctures, tears and abrasion


Comfortable and non-bulky


Looks like paper but is so much stronger


Made of recycable HDPE; Lower weight for less waste


DuPont™ Tyvek® is a unique nonwoven material only from DuPont. Tyvek® is made of 100% high density polyethylene fibers randomly laid and compressed to form a remarkably tough printing substrate that is ideal for applications where durability & tear resistance is of prime importance. Tyvek® can resist repeated folding and flexing without tearing. It can also be glued, laminated, sewn, stapled and fixed.
Tyvek® combines the performance of paper, film and fabric and thus makes it ideal for a wide range of applications. Because of its unique physical properties, Tyvek® has already been successfully used for a wide variety of applications such as:


Tyvek® is incredibly light and flexible. It boasts a remarkable strength-to-weight ratio, so coupled with the high strength and recycleability it is therefore an ideal printing substrate for banners and signs.


DuPont™ Tyvek® is made to perform in harsh, rugged and extreme conditions. Water, chemicals, heat, cold, rough handling, long-term outdoor use? No problem! Tyvek® is tear, puncture, water, UV and chemical resistant.

Water-resistant and chemical-resistant

When wet, paper absorbs humidity and falls apart. Tyvek® repels water, keeping your message perfectly intact. Tyvek® is not affected by most acids, bases and salts. It has excellent rot and mildew resistance and resists soiling and staining.
Tyvek® can endure temperatures ranging from -70°C to +118°C. However, some deformation may occur, at around 80°C. Also, note that Tyvek® is made from high density polyethylene, which can burn; thus Tyvek® should not be considered fire resistant.


Tyvek® is printable using traditional techniques:
  • offset
  • flexo
  • screen
  • UV inkjet
  • thermal transfer
  • gravure
  • latex
  • letterpress printing processes
Tyvek® can be used for most digital printing techniques. For more information refer to our technical handbook.
Easily Converted
DuPont™ Tyvek® is a unique and remarkably tough printing substrate incredibly easy to convert. Tyvek® can be easily:
  • Coated
  • Embossed
  • Folded (dead foldable)
  • Glued
  • Hot foil stamped
  • Laminated
  • Perforated & punched
  • Stitched
  • Welded and heat sealed


Made of high-density polyethylene fibres (HDPE), Tyvek® is 100% recyclable just like plastic bottles

Withstands Outdoor Exposure

There's no need for protective coating on your tags, labels or whatever—as long as you print them on DuPont™ Tyvek® substrate. Tyvek® graphics and envelopes styles can be expected to withstand outdoor exposure from one to three months, depending upon weather conditions. Special UV coatings may extend the exposure length.

Corona Treated

The corona and antistat treatment on Tyvek® enhances the effectiveness of any ink, adhesive or other coating process and makes Tyvek® easy to use on flexographic, letterpress, offset, and some digital presses. Specifically, corona treatment on both sides of DuPont™ Tyvek® styles with a "D" suffix and style 1079 increases surface wettability, as measured by its improved surface tension (40-42 dynes/cm2).

FDA-approved for Food Contact and Sterile Applications

If you're printing tags or labels for food contact or sterile applications, we've got just what you need. Tyvek® styles 1443C and 1058C can be used for food contact applications.

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