Environmentally friendly labels; the options

When it comes to labels, they are typically thought of as not environmentally friendly.

We are here to challenge that preconception and educate you on the more environmentally friendly options available in 2022 with the invention of bioplastics and other novel materials.

We’ll talk about two different materials that are 100% compostable, making them amazingly sustainable compared to a plastic alternative.

Let’s get started.

What labels are currently made from

There are two categories of material. The first is paper labels, and these are reasonable for the environment.

Paper labels will degrade over time and can be quite a good option if sourced from sustainable forests.

The second category is plastic labels. Plastic labels are not so sustainable. As we are all aware plastic waste is a huge problem that we need to solve, so the more we can reduce plastic, the better.

The benefit of plastic labels compared to paper is that they’re more durable and waterproof, so you cannot replace them for many applications.

So what to do?

Introducing bioplastic labels

Some clever scientists have put their heads together and invented something called bioplastic.

For the application of labels, these bioplastics can then be extruded into thin films that we then print on to make a self-adhesive label as we know it today.

Bioplastics are incredible. They’re made from wood pulp and are completely compostable in just a few months in the right environment. This makes them so much more environmentally friendly than that plastic alternative.

Even better, they behave similarly to a plastic sticker. They are typically waterproof and really quite durable. So they have some clear advantages over a paper-based sticker.

Here’s an example of a clear label made from bioplastic. 

An alternative to paper labels

But what happens if you want to use paper-based labels because of the texture or something else about your application?

We have a solution for that too

Labels that look and feel like paper but are made from a sugarcane byproduct called bagasse are available.

These look and feel like paper, but they’re made from the byproduct of sugarcane, making them super sustainable and a great alternative to a paper label if that’s what you like. 

This image below shows an example of a sugarcane fibre label, and it looks just like paper!

There’s no excuse not to choose eco-friendly

Now you know about these two materials, we believe you can choose to be environmentally friendly for every option. There’s no excuse!

If you have any questions about these materials that we haven’t answered in this blog, please ask us in the comments below or check out this materials page for more information. 

Thank you for reading, and we hope you choose the sustainable option.