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Why Compostable Labels aren’t as durable as plastic labels. And why that’s a good thing.
Why do compostable labels scratch more easily than plastic labels?
Our compostable labels are printed and then we apply a water-based varnish flood coat to them. Plastic labels are printed and usually laminated with a clear coat.
There is no doubt the compostable labels scratch more easily than the plastic labels.
Why is this?
Because we’re concerned about the ability of the label to compost, we print the majority of small print runs (under 250-500,000) on our digital presses which print using toner ink – this means the toner ink on the labels isn’t as durable as if it was printed on a flexographic press using soy-based inks. This aids the composting process but may be an issue regarding the durability of the art printed on the labels if they are excessively rubbed or scraped.
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Now, having said that, I think this a wonderful branding opportunity for business who want their customers to know what They’re doing. The fact that the label is not as durable as plastic is precisely the point of using a compostable stock – it’s not meant to last forever, unlike a plastic sticker. Most everybody understands, appreciates and chooses the compostable over plastic label.
Are your clients are concerned about the packaging you’re using?
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About it’s end-of-life scenario? About the fact that it is or is not plastic? Your packaging is telling a story about your company, as well as what’s inside. Compostable labels can be a great part of that story.
Case Study #1.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Department had a problem. They wanted to disburse seeds in areas of Nebraska burned by forest fires. The idea was to use the local wildlife as the means of conveyance. The animals would eat the prepared seed blocks and as they foraged in the mountains ‘deposit’ the seeds with a nice healthy dose of nitrogen as well! The seed blocks, made with molasses, needed a form of identification but just for a short period of time. Plan It Green Printing suggested and printed dissolvable label stickers for the blocks. When it snows or rains, the labels dissolve. The labels are made of wood cellulose and cause no harm to the environment.
The New York City Department of Transportation recently asked Plan It Green to print dissolvable stickers for their parking citation bureau. The labels are applied to parking signs and then written on to alert citation crews if they should issue tickets. The labels dissolve when it rains or snows, leaving no residues or buildup. The labels are made of plant starch and cause no harm to the environment.
Wheat Straw Paper
What if we could make a great paper from something other than trees? What if we could help to mitigate the paper industry’s impact on deforestation throughout the world? Plan It Green Printing has joined forces with Prairie Pulp & Paper, Inc. and is now offering paper made from wheat straw waste, which is leftover wheat straw that has been ‘recycled’. The mixture is 80% wheat straw and 20% Forest Stewardship Council certified wood. The paper is bleached elemental chlorine-free. And it’s approved by Canopy.
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Plan It Green Printing ranks in Top 10 Sustainable & Forest Friendly Printers in North America.
Canopy Planet releases THE BLUELINE REPORT: 2015 Sustainable Assessments.
Plan It Green Printing Top 10 Ranked Sustainable & Forest Friendly Printers in North America
The ‘Blueline’ Check list for Printers:
- Develop a leading Forest Conservation Policy with a credible environmental organization.
- Report transparently on their sustainability actions, including measurable goals and progress towards achieving them
- Ensure they are not sourcing paper from endangered forests or controversial sources.
- Ensure they they are helping you meet your targets on recycled content and FSC certified fiber.
- Engage their other customers in the development of sustainable printing policy requirements and educate their clients on ecopaper attributes.
- Work with a credible ENGO such a Canopy to help stimulate the development of new ecopaper options, improve the on-the-ground practices of forestry companies and advance conservation legacies.
Truly Sustainable Printing
Smart organizations understand that printing responsibly can enhance their brand image in significant ways. Consumers prefer to buy ‘green’ when given a choice.
Today, the multitude of sustainable paper stocks, printing methods, and certification bodies require an education all by themselves. Are the inks petroleum or vegetable-based, low V.O.C. (volatile organic compounds) or not? Are the paper and packaging FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), SFI (Sustainably Forestry Initiative) or BEP (Best Environmental Practices) certified? Was the manufacturing carbon-neutral? Are the labels compostable?
Going further, is the paper biopolymers-based, tree-free, stone, or cellulose? And where is the paper actually coming from? — China, Taiwan, Canada, Indonesia or the U.S.? If the source is Indonesia or Canada, then this is quite possibly contributing to deforestation and the extinction of native species.
Because of Plan It Green Printing’s unique level of expertise with earth-friendly printing methods and materials, companies turn to us to assist them in navigating this new landscape.
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Save Money With Sustainably Printed Labels
If you still believe that printing plastic labels is cheaper than printing on a ‘green’ material, you’re working with the wrong printer! In the past, plastic labels were less expensive than printing on a ‘green’ stock, but the economics have recently reversed. Now you can do the right thing and pay less at the same time. Printing sustainably is a great way to let customers know your company is both concerned about the environment and engaged enough to switch from plastic to plant labels.
“Thanks again for all your efforts — the stickers looked great and were a hit!”
— Vicki Caldwell, Account Executive, Dell, Inc.
“Rob is incredibly easy to work with, very knowledgeable about environmentally-friendly printing, and consistently delivers high quality work. My office has hired him for dozens of jobs over the years and we wouldn’t go anywhere else!”
— Amanda Leigh Shaffer
Director of Communications at Urban & Environmental Policy Institute
“Plan It Green Printing is an epic company with amazing values of sustainable printing and smarter branding through the use of innovative methods and materials….clearly an easy choice for us to work with them!”
— Synergy Organic Clothing
Plan It Green Printing Announces Success of Dissolvable Labels for Earth-Friendly Organizations
Plan It Green Printing, one of North America’s leading earth-friendly printers, recently announced the success of printed dissolvable labels for major organizations across the U.S. Groups such as the New York City Department of Transportation, Cradle to Cradle® and Bon Appetite Management Company now use dissolvable labels to create greater efficiency, save time and help the environment.
Plan It Green Printing Caters to the Food and Beverage Industry with Ecofriendly Printed Labels
Plan It Green Printing, one of North America’s leading earth-friendly printers, recently announced successful green printing projects for a variety of food and beverage companies. Clients include food services, food producers and food packagers who seek eco-friendly printing solutions for printed labels and more. Plan It Green offers a variety of sustainable printing options for businesses and organizations that require printed materials, yet want to limit the negative affect they have on the environment.