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Totally removable in-mould label offers increased potential to recycle polypropylene packaging

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Totally removable in-mould label offers increased potential to recycle polypropylene packaging
New label can be applied in-mould with no impact on the manufacturing process and promotes recycling of plastic packaging waste.
In Use – Commercially available

Benefits
Recycled content/recyclability

Product Categories
Drinks, Food, Household & Personal Care

Relevant Materials
Plastic – Flexible, Plastic – rigid

Relevant Packaging Formats
Labels

Supply Chain Phase
Design, Production

Details

A labelling manufacturer has launched a totally removable in-mould label for injection moulded packaging. The new label has no impact on traditional moulding processes but can be removed during the recycling process or by the consumer after use. This potentially enhances the quality of of post-consumer recycled PP. The ability to recycle natural/clear or white polypropylene to its original state may displace the use of virgin resin in consumer product packaging for colour sensitive applications providing a commercial value for all stakeholders. 
 
The new solution will mould at the same temperatures and dwell times as usual whilst performing in moist, chilled, damp or microwave conditions.
 
The new in-mold label has been developed by Systems Labelling in the UK under the R-IML® brand.
 
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

This innovation potentially enhances the quality of of post-consumer recycled PP. The ability to recycle natural/clear or white polypropylene to its original state may displace the use of virgin resin in consumer product packaging for colour sensitive applications providing a commercial value for all stakeholders. 
 
The manufacturers estimate that for every 1 tonne of PP recycled approximately 1 tonne in CO2 emissions are saved. 

Intellectual Property

The new in-mould label has been developed by Systems Labelling in the UK under the R-IML® brand.  The company has a patent pending.

Consultant View

This technology has produced a range of labels which can be applied to plastic packaging in-mould with no requirement for major changes to the manufacturing process.  Although this is a relatively minor change in itself it enables polypropylene packaging to be more readily processed at end of life and this has great potential to divert waste away from landfill. This in turn has potential to reduce the need for virgin packaging materials.
Reducing the environmental impacts of labels is a key focus for many brand owners at this time, and there are other examples of label-related innovations within REID. Try searching the database using the key word "Labels" to identify these.

Contacts and Further Information

Steve Pickford, CEO
Systems Labelling limited
Tenth Avenue,
Deeside Industrial Park,
Deeside,
Flintshire
CH5 2UA
Tel: 01244 286300
Fax: 01244 286301

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