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Label reduces the amount of CO2 released at the point of incineration

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Label reduces the amount of CO2 released at the point of incineration
Adhesive additive reduces the amount of CO2 released by 20 percent when labels are incinerated at end of life.
In Use – Commercially available

Benefits
Other

Product Categories
Drinks, Food, Home Improvement, Household & Personal Care

Relevant Materials
Adhesives, Paper, Plastic – Flexible

Relevant Packaging Formats
Labels

Supply Chain Phase
Recovery

Details

A manufacturer of barcode printing, labeling and EPC/RFID products, has released its new series of labels which result in lower CO2 emissions if they are sent to incineration at the end of their useful life.
A special absorbent is added to the adhesive of the labels which reduces the amount of CO2 released at the point of incineration by 20 percent compared to conventional labels. Nano vesicle capsule (NVC) technology is used to add the CO2 absorbent to the adhesive.
 
The technology was developed by the Sato Group in collaboration with Professor Masahiko Abe of the Tokyo University of Science, and the University's venture company, ACTiiVE. The product is being marketed at the ECONANO® labels series.
 
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 technology has potential to significantly reduce  CO2 emissions when the label is incinerated at end of life. The manufacturers estimate that if you were to replace 1 million 50mm x 85mm standard labels used over the course of one year with ECONANO® labels, the CO2 released at incineration would be reduced by 224kg. This is equivalent to the amount of CO2 released during the manufacture, treatment and incineration of 4,814 plastic bags.

Intellectual Property

ECONANO® was developed by SATO Group in collaboration with Professor Masahiko Abe of the Tokyo University of Science, and the University’s venture company, ACTiiVE Corporation. ECONANO® is a registered trademark of SATO HOLDINGS CORPORATION.

Consultant View

As a first priority, focus should be placed on ensuring that packaging materials used are 100% recyclable. However, this is not always technically possible. Components which cannot be recycled may have to be recovered via other routes. In some cases, incineration with energy recovery may be the best option. In this event, efforts should be made to reduce the impact of incineration. Usually the focus is placed on emissions control technology, but in this case the manufacturers have made innovations in the potential feedstock material which help to mitigate the CO2 impact of incineration.  this 
 
Researchers interested in other end-of-life packaging solution innovations should search the REID database using the search term "Recovery".

Contacts and Further Information

Head office
Sato Holdings Group
1-7-1, Shimomeguro,
Meguro-ku,
Tokyo 153-0064,
 Japan
Tel: +81 3 6665 0600   
 
Sato UK
Tel: 01255 240000
Email: enquiries@satouk.com

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