Upcycling thanks to labels
Labels can have a positive effect on the carbon footprint of packaging. How this can work in the case of re- or upcycling of plastics is demonstrated by the adhesive technology manufacturer Herma, which is based in Filderstadt, Germany. The German Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut; dvi) invited packaging experts from brand-name manufacturers to learn about this aspect on-site. There, they also had some exclusive insight into the company's development project for a novel linerless labeling system. It will be officially launched at the 2019 Labelexpo and FachPack.
Multi-layer technology for adhesive
Labels and their removability play a major role in the reuse of plastics. According to Marcus Gablowski, development lead for adhesives and special coatings, this is why the company relies on an innovative multi-layer technology, "This allows actually combining product characteristics that are initially incompatible without having to use particularly expensive special materials. This is because we are able to assign specific characteristics to each of the adhesive layers used. Thus, the label is not part of the problem, but instead, part of the solution." In addition, this allows not just recycling, but even upcycling premium recycled granules.