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Pressure sensitive film labels compatible with recycling of PET bottles

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Pressure sensitive film labels compatible with recycling of PET bottles
New materials ensure there is an environmentally compatible solution for labeling PET bottles with pressure sensitive materials.
In Use – Commercially available

Recycled content/recyclability

Product Categories

Relevant Materials
Plastic – Flexible

Relevant Packaging Formats
Bottles and jars, Labels

Supply Chain Phase


A leading manufacturer of labels for the global beverage industry has developed clear and white film pressure-sensitive label materials that are compatible with the PET bottle recycling process. 
Testing of the materials and their impact on PET recycling was performed by an independently certified lab (PFE - Plastics Forming Enterprises). Testing was consistent with the Association of Post-Consumer Recycler's testing protocol and included commercially printed graphics, in addition to the base material.
The new label film shows acceptable PET haze and “b” clarity values up to a 50% recycled content load and include the blowing of new PET bottles from recycled flake with acceptable container haze and clarity levels.
The new range of film labels has been developed by Spear Inc. of the USA.

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

On average, production of new bottles from recycled plastic requires 70% less energy compared to virgin materials, along with the avoided impact of land-fill avoidance. These new pressure-sensitive materials provide branding and differentiation opportunities without adversely affecting the recyclability of PET bottles.

Intellectual Property

The new pressure sensitive film label has been developed by Spear Inc of the USA.

Consultant View

The impact of label stock on container recycling is an issue of concern in the PET container recycling sector. Brand owners continue to seek brand differentiation opportunities through the use of novel label stocks, so demonstrating that a labelling material is compatible with recycling should be a key consideration.
There are several innovations and developments relating to the impact of labels on container recycling. Readers interested in this subject should search the REID database using the keyword "Labels" to find other examples.

Contacts and Further Information

Corporate Headquarters
Spear USA
5510 Courseview Drive
Mason, Ohio 45040 USA
contact Dan Muenzer 
Tel: 1.513.459.3223

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