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First 100% recycled label stock available

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First 100% recycled label stock available
High quality 100% recycled label stock for the packaging market is available for the first time.
In Use – Launched in August 2012, this label stock is available in 75gsm and 80gsm sheets and reels.

Recycled content/recyclability

Product Categories
Drinks, Food

Relevant Materials

Relevant Packaging Formats

Supply Chain Phase
Raw materials / Ingredients


A paper manufacturer claimed to have launched the first ever 100% recycled label stock for the packaging market.

The stock has high bulk for excellent machinability, a one-sided stain coating to ensure high print quality and it is suitable for food contact applications. The supplier manufactures the label stock from de-inked pulp produced on site without the use of chemical agents or bleaches.
The stock was developed in response to customer demands for a 100% recycled content, high quality label in a natural shade. It helps users to label their packaging as having 100% recycled content, where all other components are made from recycled but previously labels would contain virgin material.
The label is part of Arjo Wiggins Maine 1 Face range, and is branded as Maine 1 Face Natural.
The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier.

Potential Benefits

As well as allowing users to mark packaging materials as having 100% recycled content including the label, the manufacturers claim that production of this stock, when compared to virgin fibre labels, uses 50% less water and 60% less energy, resulting in 30% less CO2 emissions.

Intellectual Property

This is a proprietary brand manufactured solely by Arjo Wiggins.

Consultant View

There are a number of initiatives underway to reduce the environmental impacts of labelling stock. This is the first 100% label stock on the market, but other suppliers are likely to follow suit. There are also a number of initiatives underway to promote recycling of label release liner paper. Users of labels should keep a track of market developments and also try searching the REID database for other label-related innovations using search terms such as “labels” and “labelling”.

Contacts and Further Information

Arjowiggins Graphic United Kingdom
Julian Long, National Key Accounts Manager
Fine Paper House
Lime Tree Way, Basingstoke
Hampshire RG24 8WZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1256 728700
Mobile: +44 (0) 7785 290562

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