Synthetic paper, from its early development and historical
evolution, has typically been manufactured using synthetic resin
derived from petroleum as its primary material. Naturally, this has
given it characteristics similar to those of plastic film, but its
appearance is remarkably similar to that of regular paper made from
wood pulp. In addition, many synthetic papers have properties
similar to those of regular paper.
Although there is no precise definition of synthetic paper, it is
generally understood to be a product manufactured using synthetic
resin derived from petroleum as its primary material, which while
maintaining the characteristics of the material, offers several
qualities similar to that of paper made primarily from wood pulp,
most typically its white and opaque appearance as well as its
printing and processing capabilities.