The trend towards resource-saving, efficient and sustainable action and management is also creating an increasing demand for flexible and environmentally friendly packaging concepts in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to package inserts and folding cartons made of monomaterials, resource-saving labels are an important building block for this, helping to further improve the environmental balance.
Sustainable label solutions can be achieved and implemented in different ways. For the expert, this means effectively reducing the label material, using recycling programmes for liner material, creating a recyclable label design and, if possible, promoting the use of recycled material.
Effectively reduce label material
When it comes to sustainable labels, their functionality always comes first and must be given for the respective purpose. Following this approach, Faller Packaging uses only what is necessary to reduce the number of materials used in the manufacture of its products. With reduced material use of face and carrier materials, less material is produced for disposal and raw materials can be saved. This also allows transport and storage capacities to be used optimally.
Recycling programmes for substrate
A label consists not only of the part that adheres to the product - when it is dispensed onto the packaging material, the backing material remains behind. Instead of disposing of it conventionally, customers can have it collected by an adhesive material supplier. The supplier then returns it to the recyclable material cycle. Transport and recycling in compliance with EU standards saves CO2 emissions, conserves resources and costs no more than "normal" disposal. For control purposes, the customer receives regularly updated analysis data and certificates.
In addition, Faller Packaging recycles all the waste produced in its own label production, such as grids, trimmings and waste paper - a unique selling point, as this is not the norm in the industry.
Designing of recyclable labels
In terms of sustainability, it is essential to pay attention to a recyclable material combination of label, adhesive and container. As a general rule, the label should be made of the same type of material as the packaging material, because the purer the material, the less effort is required for separation and reuse. If this is not the case, the label adhesives used must be designed in such a way that they can be separated in the specific recycling process.
Encourage the use of recycled materials
Recyclates play an important role in the circular economy. The higher their proportion, the less virgin material is needed. Faller Packaging promotes their use and currently offers label solutions made from recycled material. Whether and which recycled material users can use instead of material-identical virgin material must be carefully examined in each application. Among other things, the suitability for different printing techniques must be taken into account. The materials are suitable for all purposes, but some of them have different properties compared to their conventional counterparts, which can influence the printing result. Substitution of the conventional material is therefore possible, but must be tested individually in each case and the end result must be closely coordinated with the customer.
Your contribution to a sustainable future
Join in and design an environmentally friendly packaging solution with your label. Let us advise you which of the sustainable label solutions/materials suits your product. We will be happy to calculate a non-binding offer for you or send you free samples.