Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Green printing tip no. 43: Are there any Eco Friendly Labels?

We are back today with a new tip on our weekly series of green printing tips, where we bring you information on green printing in collaboration with Greg Barber, an experienced eco-friendly printer.

Today Greg is giving a great advice on how to make your labels more eco-friendly.

Are there Eco Friendly Labels?
Tip #43

One of the largest users of plastic is the label industry. White poly based labels are a huge market. It is also one of the worst markets for creating a landfill mess.

Billions of these labels are printed on liquor bottles, vitamin bottles, cosmetic packaging, etc., when wet strength, waterproof labels are needed.

To start to correct this environmental mess, we offer TerraSkin labels made from the Minerals in Rock. TerraSkin is third
party certified as a Silver Cradle to Cradle substrate. You are using 80% less plastic and getting exceptional printing with TerraSkin, but still retaining the tear resistance & water proof qualities of film.

Our plants now stock 40" rolls that can be sheeted to smaller roll sizes, such as 7", 10" and 13” for label printers.

Our plants apply top coating to the TerraSkin, to allow roll printers to print on our stock.

This is a major break through, as inventory has been a problem. We were only selling the flat stock for Brochures, Business Cards, Pocket Folders, and POP type displays, waiting for the technology to be in place for the much larger market, LABELS.

Now, we are bringing in TerraSkin weekly to meet the demand. You can print 1-4 colors, and you can foil stamp and emboss them.

Label printers can call me for prices on final rolls top coated, and with the pressure sensitive and liners in place for roll printing.

Sheet wise, for small orders of labels or regular printing, we are in our final testing stages, printing samples on our Indigo presses.

We will stock 13 x 20 inch label stock, and we will stock regular weight TerraSkin paper, for commercial print jobs. TerraSkin is made without the use of any water, bleach or trees. It is waterproof & tear resistant. By choosing TerraSkin, you are supporting innovation to help us all save the planet (and in many cases you will also be saving money).

Mayor Bloomberg, in NY, used TerraSkin for a pocket folder recently.

So yes, there is a new Eco Friendly label stock in town. Call me with any question(s) you might have on this fantastic replacement for film and plastic.

For additional information, please visit www.gregbarberco.com and www.ecofriendlyprinter.com. You're also invited to contact Greg via email at greg@ecofriendlyprinter.com or phone: (973) 224-1132.

You can find links to all the tips we published so far on our green printing tips page, which is part of our green printing tools & resources.

Raz @ Eco-Libris

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