Tyvek® may resemble paper, but its performance is anything but paper-like.

Tyvek® is a 100% synthetic material made from high-density spunbound polyethylene fibers. Lightweight, durable and breathable, yet resistant to water, abrasion, bacterial penetration and aging, Tyvek® is an amazing material used to improve a variety of applications across multiple industries.  

Why Tyvek®
 
 
 

How does Tyvek® work?

Tyvek® is available in both a hard structure, used for HomeWrap envelopes and medical packaging applications, and a soft structure, fabric-like finish used for protective apparel and consumer applications. Discover how the science behind Tyvek® allows for superior performance across a range of applications. 

 
 
 

Water-repellent

When the fibers in Tyvek® are spun and bonded under high heat and pressure, Tyvek® acts as a thermoplastic—returning to a high density, semi-solid state that prevents liquids from breaking the surface.

 
 
 
The spun and bonded fibers in DuPont™ Tyvek® act as a thermoplastic, preventing liquids from breaking the surface.
 
 
 

Breathability

Because no binders are used to hold Tyvek® together, tiny perforations remain in which allow water vapor to permeate the material while preventing water and other liquids from entering, making Tyvek® highly breathable.  

 
 
 
DuPont™ Tyvek® remains highly breathable while preventing water and other liquids from entering.
 
 
 

Barrier protection

Tyvek® is made up of continuous fibers that provide inherent microbial penetration resistance—preventing hazardous materials including asbestos, mold, fiberglass and lead from passing through the material.  

 
 
 
DuPont™ Tyvek® is made up of continuous fibers that provide inherent microbial penetration resistance.
 
 
 

Tensile strength

The nonwoven fibers of Tyvek® are randomly laid and compressed to provide superior tear and puncture resistance for long-lasting, durable protection.

 
 
 
The nonwoven fibers of DuPont™ Tyvek® are randomly laid and compressed to provide superior tear and puncture resistance.
 
 
 

Recyclability 

Not only does Tyvek® bring unique performance benefits to a variety of applications, it’s also 100% recyclable—giving products made with Tyvek® a second life in products such as park benches and playground equipment.

 
 
 
DuPont™ Tyvek® is 100% recyclable, finding a second life in products like park benches and playground equipment.
 
 
 

Printability

Like paper, most traditional and digital printing techniques, including UV inkjet, latex and letterpress printing processes can be used on Tyvek®. 

 
 
 
Like paper, DuPont™ Tyvek® support most traditional and digital printing techniques
 
 
 

Applications

Tyvek® for PPE
Tyvek® for PPE
Sterile packaging
Sterile packaging
Graphics
Graphics
Industrial packaging
Industrial packaging
Envelopes
Envelopes
Cargo cover
Cargo cover
Building envelopes
Building envelopes