Environmentally sustainable label options

Labels are an important part of a brand’s product and Rapid Labels has developed a portfolio of stocks that are manufactured in an environmentally responsible manner and provide solutions to our clients’ needs for sustainable label options.

Our options include paper made from recycled materials and renewable materials and we have a range of paper options that are compostable and biodegradable.

Rapid Labels was also the first company in Australasia to be FSC® COC certified. This means that we gained the Forestry Stewardship Council® Chain of Custody Certification. Practically this means we can pass on the qualifications of FSC® certified product (paper) from our supplier to our client. We have met stringent requirements in order to maintain our certification and we are annually audited by SGS Ltd to verify our compliance.

Please take a look at our Environmentally Sustainable label options infographic and additional information document here.


Biodegradable and compostable labels:

Read more about our biodegradable and compostable label papers here.

However, it is important to note that the composting and biodegradability is at a larger industrial level rather than at consumer level, and the industrial options are not currently available within New Zealand.

However there are Commercial Composting plants in NZ. If you have a compostable package with a compostable label on it, the whole package can be composted if it’s sent to one of these companies.

Find the nearest one to you here.


Recycling Process:

Label Recycling

New technologies now offer solutions to label recycling:

Wash-off label technology which is suitable for returnable glass bottles. This Wash-off facestock ensures that both the adhesive and inks remain on the label as the label curls off the glass in a hot washer.

Glass Recycling switchable adhesive allows post-consumer recycling to be less challenging. This technology uses a unique ‘switchable’ adhesive that ‘switches off’ during the glass bottle recycling process, resulting in a clean separation of the label from the glass.

Liner Recycling

A white glassine Liner recycling program is available from one of our paper suppliers.

How it works: As a brand owner you store the liner waste for collection, once the required amount is achieved, the liner is sent to our paper supplier, it is then recycled with other paper through a pulping process. The pulp is used to create tissue paper.

Ask us for more information about this program.

Would you like to know more about how we minimise the impact of our operations? Read more about how we manage our waste.