How can your company take action to make your packaging and labels more sustainable? The following is a checklist of items to take action. Contact us for more information.

All packaging:

  • Design for reuse and recyclability
  • Ensure that packaging provider has a stringent restricted substances list with
  • verification procedures

Exterior Tags (Hang tags, Pocket Flashers, etc.):

  • Eco-size ™ to optimize sheet use for maximum efficiency
  • Use recycled Paper with 10% to 100% Post-consumer Waste (PCW)
  • If using virgin and not recycled paper, consider paper that is certified for sustainable forestry (i.e., Forest Stewardship Council, Rainforest Alliance)
  • Consider process chlorine free (PCF), elemental chlorine free (ECF), or total chlorine-free (TCF) processing and paper
  • Ensure recyclability of all tags and note their recyclability on the material
  • Verify that the paper provider has on-site generation, carbon neutrality efforts, and/or renewable energy certificates
  • Look for manufacturers with ISO 14001:2008 Certification for Environmental Management Systems

Inks, Coatings, and Adhesives:

  • Use low VOC content and emissions ink, or use recycled inks
  • Use low or no VOC coatings and adhesives
  • Verify that pigments do not contain heavy metals
  • Consider vegetable, soy or water-based inks

Inks, Coatings, and Adhesives:

  • Use 100% certified recycled woven labels

Poly bags:

  • There are no industry-agreed upon sustainable ways to manufacture poly bags

To learn more about eco-friendly papers and printing options, we invite you to download a copy of A Field Guide to Eco-Friendly, Efficient, and Effective Print.