Systems Labelling claims that its new Ecoplas synthetic label offers “a real alternative to paper labels” used on plastics bottles.
Recycling trials are said to have proven that the synthetic labels peel away during the recycling process, "resulting in more than 90% label removal". The waste labels are then recycled into polyolefin compounds, whereas adhesive paper labels break down and create a pulp which causes colour contamination and has to be collected and sent to landfill.
In addition to the environmental benefits, Systems Labelling also claims to offer the Ecoplas synthetic label at no on-cost when compared with paper. "In short, the decision to switch couldn’t be easier," boasts business development director Stephen Lloyd.
"The Ecoplas label offers a real alternative to paper: it is fully recyclable, spillage resistant due to its wipe-clean laminated finish – or can be supplied with a gloss or matt varnish."