Our compostable labels and paper labels with recycled content cost about the same as plastic labels. But from an environmental standpoint, our labels are far less expensive than plastic. Nothing lasts forever, but plastic labels come very close — and that’s the problem. Recycled plastic is a great thing, but the fact is that the vast majority of plastic is not recycled. When plastic ends up in your local river, ocean or landfill, that’s just the beginning of the story. As plastic biodegrades, it leaks toxic microscopic polymers which, when it rains, wind up in streams, rivers and eventually the ocean. These microscopic polymers are eaten by plankton, which are then eaten by larger fish, and so on and so on. The polymers do not flush out of the fishes’ system but continue to leak toxic chemicals inside their bodies. The polymers are endocrine disruptors and can cause the progeny of the fish to grow both female and male sexual organs.
Here’s an interesting example of how dissolvable labels can be used: The Nebraska Game and Parks Department wanted to disburse seeds in burned areas using wild animals as the means of conveyance. Wildlife would eat their prepared seed blocks and then, as they foraged in the mountains, ‘deposit’ the seeds with a nice healthy dose of nitrogen as well! We suggested and printed dissolvable label stickers for the seed blocks. The labels are applied directly onto the blocks. Our labels dissolve when it rains or snows, leaving no residues. The labels are made of wood cellulose and cause no harm to the environment.
Other Recyclable Labels
Paper labels with 30%pcw (post-consumer waste) semi-gloss paper and printed with soy, vegetable-based inks or digitally with low V.O.C. toner.
Made from bamboo, bagasse and cotton-linters this uncoated stock lends itself to a ‘natural’ look.