12. June 2019 | Recycling

First PE film label made of recycled material

The PE film labels consists of 100 percent reclaimed material, i.e., recycled polyethylene
The PE film labels consists of 100 percent reclaimed material, i.e., recycled polyethylene
Source: Herma

This is said to be the first PE film label made of 100 percent reclaimed material, i.e., of recycled polyethylene. It was developed and implemented by German printing company schäfer-etiketten and German adhesive material supplier Herma, with support from Polifilm, a German company that specializes in PE films. It was shown last week at the CosmeticBusiness trade fair in Munich, Germany.

First projects and orders rolling in

One half of the "raw material" for this label material comes from corresponding industrial scrap, while the other consists of used packaging typically found in households. The novel adhesive material is also very well suited for being imprinted using flexographic, offset, screen and digital printing modes, said Volker Hurth, Cosmetics Industry manager at schäfer-etiketten. According to Herma's Development Manager Dr. Ulli Nägele, his company is also very happy with the results. "Coating the material as well as converting it in the popular roll sizes is easy." According to the partners, they have already received actual projects and orders.

Linerless label system ready for launch

As another contribution to the sustainability discussion, Herma will introduce a linerless label system at FachPack and LabelExpo this fall. It is aimed specifically at shipping labels, of which millions are used daily in Germany alone. According to the company, this will eliminate the need for disposing of large volumes of useless liner materials in logistics and shipping centers.

edited by Christiane Lingrön

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