What is Tyvek®?

Paper wristbands are the same as Tyvek wristbands. But what is Tyvek actually? Even though we call our popular wristbands paper wristbands, they are not made of paper, but of the clever material Tyvek.

Tyvek wristbands are inexpensive and functional control wristbands that are easy to print on. Therefore, they are very popular for access control. At Ikast Etikett, it is the wristband we sell the most of on an annual basis. You can also get Tyvek wristbands with RFID chip.

Tyvek is very difficult to tear, but easy to cut or slice.

The Tyvek wristband is printed with black ink as standard. The development of printing technology has made it possible to print digitally. It costs a bit more, but the price difference has become much smaller.

If you want to use a wristband with multiple colors and need fewer than 1000 pieces, it may be cheaper to print it on a fabric wristband. Ask us for prices.

What is Tyvek made of?

Tyvek is a registered trademark of the publicly traded American company DuPont, which is behind many innovative products that have improved various industries worldwide.

Tyvek is a non-woven material spun together by heat and pressure from synthetic polypropylene fibers. It was “discovered” in 1955 by Jim White in DuPont’s laboratory. Each Tyvek fiber is approximately 8 times stronger than a human hair.

Tyvek has some good qualities and is used, among other things, for insulation of houses and roofs, packaging in the pharmaceutical industry, envelopes, Christmas tree tags (notice the tag they often have at the top – around the trunk), coveralls, etc.


  • Tyvek is a very lightweight material and weighs very little.
  • Tyvek is class 1 flammability rated, which is one of the best classifications for preventing the spread of fire.
  • Tyvek is chemically resistant and can therefore be used for coveralls, for example, as it is dimensionally stable (equally strong in all directions), pH-neutral, and highly durable.
  • Tyvek is neither paper nor fabric.
  • Tyvek is 100% recyclable.
  • Water vapor can pass through Tyvek, but not liquid water. This makes the material breathable while being water-resistant. Therefore, it remains comfortable to wear for several days at a festival without making the skin underneath damp and wet – and unlike paper, the wristband does not disintegrate after a rain shower or hand washing.


Even though you can write and print on Tyvek, it cannot be recycled with paper. It is plastic and should be disposed of with plastic so that it can be reused.

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