Monthly Archives: November 2012

  • Less Regulation Of Canadian Food Labels In Near Future

    Compliance For Food Labels Shifts To Producers

    The general legal discussion of food labels and compliance in recent times has been concern with more regulation. Genetically modified organism labels have been pondered by California, and new labeling measures across the globe have been enacted to better inform customers of nutrition. However, food label news in Canada recently broke from the norm after it was announced that federal label regulators would assume less of a role in enforcing labeling standards.

    The deregulation of food labeling was announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which said it will do less first-hand label approving and inspecting to maintain a fiscally viable agency. The changes were announced in Canada's 2012 federal budget bill.

    Official: Approval Of Food Labels Not Less Important
    Despite the air of deregulation, Keith Warriner, a Canadian professor and director of a food safety program, said that though customers will have to place more trust in products when reading food labels, the integrity of the labels will not be diminished.

    "Essentially what they're doing is giving the responsibility to the industry to police itself," Warriner told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 

    CFIA media relations officer Guy Gravelle also sent an email to CBC News that reinforces that notion.

    "Inspectors will continue to check labeling and advertising through a range of activities, including investigations into complaints, facility and retail inspections and laboratory testing," Gravelle wrote.

    The CFIA said it is creating an online label compliance tool that should be ready by 2015.

  • Warning Labels On Alcohol In Australia By 2014

    Labels Warn Pregnant Women Against Drinking Alcohol

    Health warning labels will be displayed on Australian alcohol products and advertisements by January 2014. That is, if the federal government adopts recommendations that came from a parliamentary inquiry.

    The inquiry that ended with the labeling recommendation was initially made to investigate fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, as well as the impact alcohol marketing has on alcoholic beverage consumption by youth.

    Labels Recommended, But Enforcement Murkier
    While Australian government officials did support labels, they stopped short of banning pregnant women from drinking or being served alcohol.

    The proposed health warning would include labels that warn women not to drink when pregnant or when planning a pregnancy. The House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs said the label format and design would be finalized by March 2013 and required to be displayed on all alcoholic products, advertising and packaging by the start of 2014.

    "There needs to be more education and information to the public and doctors," Richard Choong, Australian Medical Association branch president, told Western Australia Today. "We support mandatory labeling ... because our aim is not just to target the women that are pregnant, but to target the population to make them aware of this."

  • Energy Drinks On Alert, FDA May Issue Warning Labels

    In Letter, Agency Doesn't Rule Out New Labels

    Products that are perceived as dangerous to health are often subject to warning labels. Things like alcohol and tobacco are often the first products thought of that necessitate warning labels, but as new trends emerge, so too do products ripe for a labeling regulatory overhaul. Now, energy drinks are in the federal crosshairs.

    According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), federal officials are looking into energy drinks to see if they pose a danger to health. In a letter to the senators that was made public, the FDA said it had not stopped short of requiring greater disclosure on product labels and implementing warning labels for others in the near future.

    Labels May Happen, But Danger Might Persist
    Despite the presence of warning labels, the FDA said its control and influence becomes limited if and when consumers disregard directions on labels and consume too much of an energy drink.

    The move comes after a Consumer Reports study that found 11 of the top 27 energy drink sold in the United States do not display caffeine levels on beverage labels.

  • Consumers Hungry For Restaurant Nutrition Food Labels

    New Poll Shows Support For Food Labels

    Reading food labels has become a regular shopping function of many consumers. As obesity rates skyrocket across the world, consumers have taken matters into their own hands by paying strict attention to what they eat. But a gap still exists, as consumers who eat at restaurants are still without critical nutritional information.

    But a majority of consumers would like to see that change. According to a poll by Technomic, a food industry consultant, 65 percent of survey respondents favored nutritional labels on restaurant and diner menus. The strongest demand was for calories and sodium content.

    Consumers May Soon Get Desired Food Labels
    Seventy percent of polled consumers said they want nutritional food labels on menus for chain restaurants. That's a slightly higher margin than for all restaurants, which 68 percent want to display nutrition labels.

    Just 38 percent wanted local, state or federal government action on the matter, however, 58 percent saw the government becoming involved anyway. That will soon be the case, too. One of the stipulations in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 called for labeling in restaurants, chain or not. It is a rule that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration supports and may soon be enforced.

  • Stop Making Excuses For Not Testing Custom Stickers And Labels

    Prevent Errors, Wasted Resources By Printing Small Label Batches

    Custom Labels

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    Chances are you wouldn't make a big decision without doing a bit of background work first. Why should it be any different when creating custom labels and stickers? If you're considering going on vacation, you will probably compare resorts, airfare and travel accommodations. If you are thinking about making a large purchase, you may shop around to find the best deal. Manufacturing labels for your unique products and marketing campaigns shouldn't be a guessing game, either. 3 Reasons People Avoid Testing Their Labels Despite how easy it is for people to test their custom sticker and labels before buying them in bulk, many still avoid doing so. Why? Here are three reasons people skip testing (and why it's not recommended to do so): "Testing labels is too expensive." - Although this seems like it may be a viable reason, it's just a myth. Lightning Labels offers consumers cost-effective and wallet-friendly digital label printing costs for small batches of their desired order, which is actually less expensive than ordering large quantities of a label they are unsure about. "I already know what I want." - It's common that product manufacturers do have an idea of what type of label they want, but it may be because they are unfamiliar with the variety of sticker and label materials available to them. People may have heard of eco-friendly labels made of stone and post-consumer waste instead of trees and petrochemicals, but how will they know just how the materials work with printing designs and styles unless small batches are used as a test? "My customers don't want different labels." - It can be difficult to know just what a targeted audience wants if people are not given an option. With that said, small batches of test stickers and labels can be used to discover whether customers are attracted to other designs, materials, sticker and label copy and more. Consider using different colors, font types and graphics and track sales - there may be more to learn from label testing than you think. 3 More Reasons Sticker And Label Testing Is Imperative People may now understand why custom label testing is important, but it doesn't end there. Here are three more reasons testing can better a marketing and packaging campaign and increase your sales. Label testing can save you from embarrassment - Think about how humiliating it would be to send a letter or email with a glaring error to a client. If the person saw it, there is a possibility it could affect the business and they wouldn't take the company or product as seriously as they would if the spelling and/or grammar were impeccable. Instead of taking a grammar gamble, use label testing as a form of proofreading. Rather than risking making errors on a large number of custom stickers and labels, printing a small batch for testing will provide an opportunity to double- and triple-check for mistakes. Testing makes decisions easier - Perhaps a manufacturer is torn between several options, and he or she is having a difficult time choosing which would be best for a current marketing and/or labeling campaign. Taking advantage of low digital label printing costs by ordering small numbers of several labels and designs can take the guesswork out of the difficult decision. Small label batches increase design flexibility - Even if a person doesn't think they need a marketing or labeling makeover, it's possible that printing small batches of labels will produce new ideas that were not previously considered. Testing and selecting new colors, ink and materials may be key in making a product more modern and getting the label design out of a sales-hindering rut.

  • Label Printing Company, Lightning Labels, Offers Business Development Tips

    Limited-Edition Labels Enhance the "Custom" in Custom Label Printing

    Denver, CO, (December 4, 2012) - Lightning Labels, a custom label and sticker printing leader, encourages manufacturers to take advantage of digital label printing technology and incorporate unique, limited-edition labels and packaging this holiday season. To assist customers and manufacturers with holiday marketing, Lighting Labels releases business development tips that cover short-run, limited-edition labels, seasonal custom labels and product packaging.

    "Just as technology has enabled major advances in such areas as social media, so is it positively impacting other forms of personalized business development," says Business Development Manager AnneMarie Campbell. "The manufacturer can collect a certain number of orders, then create personalized product labels targeted to buyers. Instead of just trumpeting the product, it also heralds the customer - heightened perceived value, loyalty and goodwill - which is fitting this holiday season."

    People Flock To Short-Run, Limited-Edition Labels
    Even if the product is left unchanged, printing an updated or special-edition label design - made easy with advancements of digital label printing techniques - can attract more customers to the product. Lightning Labels' business development tips apply to targeting a new audience or marketing toward an entirely new set of potential customers. This creates an opportunity to test new label design and copy without the risk and pressure of harming the product's already-positive image.

    If the limited-edition run is overwhelmingly successful, Lighting Labels recommends doing more special-edition promotions and/or integrating some related tactics into their everyday labels and product marketing strategies.

    What Limited-Edition Labels And Products Truly Mean
    Special-edition custom labels haven't always been affixed to products; in fact, the trend didn't come into full effect until the late 1990s, when it was used as a marketing ploy. Companies utilizing this strategy were quick to discover that not only did demand for the so-called "limited" products increase, but people were willing to pay more money for products labeled as "limited" or "special."

    What started as a marketing plan for higher-end manufacturers and companies is now utilized across the globe by companies. During the holidays, though, more special-edition products seem to line the shelves, from collector tins to themed labels and packaging. Millions of people have made it their hobby to collect as many of these products annually as possible.

    How Seasonal Labels And Packaging Affect Consumers
    People historically understood that the holidays were fast-approaching by changes in weather, but the prevalence of seasonal custom labels has changed consumers' holiday associations. Rather than determining the true start of autumn by falling leaves, people rush to devour limited-edition pumpkin spice delicacies and harvest-colored custom labels; winter's arrival is welcomed by companies' use of holiday-themed labels and packaging.

    The low cost of digital label printing makes limited editions an attainable marketing and promotional plan that can be used for various events and seasons throughout the year. Although it's not limited to the holiday season, it can be a good time to begin and test the strategy. Low label printing costs and affordable prices of smaller sample batches from Lightning Labels give manufacturers the option to try this tactic on a few products or orders at a time.

    How to Market Custom Labels and Products Seasonally
    Lightning Labels' industry advisors note that limited-edition custom labels not only look festive and welcoming, but they can be a gateway into creating an entire themed marketing campaign. Coffee drinkers around the world rejoiced when Starbucks announced via social media that its special-edition red cups were available once again, and manufacturers can use similar strategies.

    Promote cheery, special-edition custom labels on your Facebook and Twitter accounts, then take advantage of multichannel marketing by posting pictures of the labels and packaging on Instagram and Pinterest, then tie everything together with a related #hashtag. Consider adding holiday-themed hashtags and QR codes to the limited-edition packaging that people can access once they see or purchase the collectable product.

    Right now Lightning Labels is running a special promotion to celebrate its more than 10,000 Lightning Labels Facebook fans by offering 10% off all online orders from December 3, 2012 through December 5, 2012.  Simply use promo code LLFB10 at checkout.  The promo code LLFB10 is valid on new label orders placed online only and does not apply to reorders.  The maximum discount is $1,000. Free ground shipping applies to regularly priced orders shipped within the United States and Canada, but shipping charges apply for printed press proofs. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.

    About Lightning Labels:
    Lightning Labels uses state-of-the-art digital printing technology to provide affordable, full-color custom labels and custom stickers of all shapes and sizes, and now offers a full line of custom packaging products. From small orders for individuals, to the bulk needs of big businesses, Lightning Labels is equipped to handle and fulfill sticker, label and product packaging projects of all types. Best of all, like the name implies, Lightning Labels provides a quick turnaround to every customers' labeling and product packaging needs. Uses for Lightning Labels custom product labels and custom stickers include food packaging and organic food labels, wine and beverage labels, bath and body labels, and nutraceutical products, such as vitamins, essentials oils, and herbal remedies, as well as event stickers, adhesive window stickers and more. Lightning Labels strongly supports the development of environmentally friendly printing materials and carries EarthFirst PLA, a new kind of green label material made from corn instead of petroleum. While operating as a high-tech printer, Lighting Labels prides itself on its personalized customer service. Lightning Labels provides one stop shopping for all of your label and product packaging needs. For more information and to place orders online, visit LightningLabels.com. For the latest in packaging news and labeling promotional offers, find Lightning Labels on Facebook, Twitter (@LightningLabels), and Google+.

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  • Residents Sharply Critical Of Maine's Lack Of Needle Disposal Labels

    State Lagging Behind In Labels For Sharps

    One of the only ways for people to find information for proper disposal of medical waste is through labels. However, despite the attention that is given to medical waste disposal, at least one state has been chastised for its lax needle labeling laws.

    As reported by The Morning Sentinel, Maine has few requirements for disposal of sharps used in medical procedures, as well as the proper labeling for such action. Comparably, Massachusetts and New York laws require needles to be trashed in approved collection containers or centers. Maine simply recommends they be disposed of in a durable and clearly labeled container.

    Proposed Legislation Would Standardize Labels
    However, the issue of needle disposal labels has not gone without attention and criticism from some Maine residents. The Sentinel said Don Simonaeu, a 60-year-old diabetic who uses up to five needles a day for insulin injection, started campaigning for better labeling and disposal standards after he was told to throw his needles out in detergent bottles.

    After being pressed by the likes of Simoneau and others, state legislators have drafted a bill that would require needle manufacturers to be responsible for disposal and proper labeling.

  • Noisy Newport Houses Will Get Garish Custom Stickers

    Custom Stickers Used To Embarrass Offenders

    Using brightly colored custom stickers to bring public scorn upon an individual has precedent in New England culture. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's American masterpiece "The Scarlet Letter," the female protagonist was made to wear a large, red "A" as punishment for adultery. Now, the punishment has been given a 21st century makeover as Newport, Rhode Island, is considering displaying a large sticker on houses that violate noise ordinances.

    The Newport Daily News reported that the city council had asked City Solicitor Joseph Nicholson Jr. to review a sticker ordinance from nearby Narragansett and accompanying federal appeals that upheld the law.

    Window Stickers Placed To Deter Others
    Offending homes would have large orange window stickers about the size of a piece of notebook paper displayed on their fronts as a means to not only warn them of their excessive noise, but also deter others from hosting noisy parties. The sticker includes a warning that the next step would be civil penalties levied against the home and all people attending loud parties.

    A Newport neighborhood association had previously asked the city to draft a similar ordinance after it expressed its unhappiness with the few and inefficient enforcement tools the city currently has to dampen noisy residents.

  • Stop Making Excuses For Not Testing Custom Stickers And Labels

    Prevent Errors, Wasted Resources By Printing Small Label Batches

    Chances are you wouldn't make a big decision without doing a bit of background work first. Why should it be any different when creating custom labels and stickers? If you're considering going on vacation, you will probably compare resorts, airfare and travel accommodations. If you are thinking about making a large purchase, you may shop around to find the best deal. Manufacturing labels for your unique products and marketing campaigns shouldn't be a guessing game, either.

    3 Reasons People Avoid Testing Their Labels
    Despite how easy it is for people to test their custom sticker and labels before buying them in bulk, many still avoid doing so. Why? Here are three reasons people skip testing (and why it's not recommended to do so):

    "Testing labels is too expensive." - Although this seems like it may be a viable reason, it's just a myth. Lightning Labels offers consumers cost-effective and wallet-friendly digital label printing costs for small batches of their desired order, which is actually less expensive than ordering large quantities of a label they are unsure about.

    "I already know what I want." - It's common that product manufacturers do have an idea of what type of label they want, but it may be because they are unfamiliar with the variety of sticker and label materials available to them. People may have heard of eco-friendly labels made of stone and post-consumer waste instead of trees and petrochemicals, but how will they know just how the materials work with printing designs and styles unless small batches are used as a test?

    "My customers don't want different labels." - It can be difficult to know just what a targeted audience wants if people are not given an option. With that said, small batches of test stickers and labels can be used to discover whether customers are attracted to other designs, materials, sticker and label copy and more. Consider using different colors, font types and graphics and track sales - there may be more to learn from label testing than you think.

    3 More Reasons Sticker And Label Testing Is Imperative
    People may now understand why custom label testing is important, but it doesn't end there. Here are three more reasons testing can better a marketing and packaging campaign and increase your sales.

    Label testing can save you from embarrassment - Think about how humiliating it would be to send a letter or email with a glaring error to a client. If the person saw it, there is a possibility it could affect the business and they wouldn't take the company or product as seriously as they would if the spelling and/or grammar were impeccable.

    Instead of taking a grammar gamble, use label testing as a form of proofreading. Rather than risking making errors on a large number of custom stickers and labels, printing a small batch for testing will provide an opportunity to double- and triple-check for mistakes.

    Testing makes decisions easier - Perhaps a manufacturer is torn between several options, and he or she is having a difficult time choosing which would be best for a current marketing and/or labeling campaign. Taking advantage of low digital label printing costs by ordering small numbers of several labels and designs can take the guesswork out of the difficult decision.

    Small label batches increase design flexibility - Even if a person doesn't think they need a marketing or labeling makeover, it's possible that printing small batches of labels will produce new ideas that were not previously considered. Testing and selecting new colors, ink and materials may be key in making a product more modern and getting the label design out of a sales-hindering rut.

  • Lightning Labels, Printer of Environmentally Friendly Stickers and Labels, Issues Tips to Help Consumers Identify Greenwashing

    Green Claims Can Create Red-Faced Manufacturers: 'Greenwashing' Trend Increases Need for Eco-Friendly Label Regulations

    Eco-Friendly labels are valued by customers
    Denver, CO (PRWEB) November 27, 2012 Lightning Labels, a custom label and sticker printing leader, is increasing awareness of a not-so-new fad - "greenwashing" - that has been used frequently by manufacturers as a means to capitalize on consumers' desires to see eco-friendly labels and stickers. "'Greenwashing' is a fast-growing trend, and some would venture to say that green is really the new black," says Business Development Manager AnneMarie Campbell. "But the trend is destructive, both for the consumers who buy a product based on eco-friendly label claims and the corporations and manufacturers whose actual environmentally friendly efforts are being overshadowed by false or misleading claims by competitors." The History of 'Greenwashing' and False Eco-Label Claims: The term "greenwashing," now commonly used in the labeling industry, came about in 1986 when an environmentalist exposed non-environmentally friendly practices in the hospitality industry, calling for people to reuse towels as a way to preserve the Earth and its environment. Greenwashing is a combination of the words green, meaning eco-friendly, and whitewashing, meaning purposefully covering mistakes or errors, and means intentionally using green claims to make people believe a product is eco-friendly. Greenwashing may include calling products organic, natural, green or recycled when the products are not. Greenpeace, an advocate for eliminating greenwashing and companies' false claims about being eco-friendly, says most manufacturers resort to this strategy to increase their sales and try to make money from consumers who have a genuine interest in supporting products that save the Earth. Lightning Labels Warns of the Damage Caused by Misleading Environmentally Friendly Labels: There are several problems that may rise when companies knowingly use misleading environmentally friendly labels. For starters, it's making consumers quite confused as to what it really means for a company to be green. The eco-friendly market has become competitive - some may even call it oversaturated - and now gives people the opportunity to compare prices for eco-friendly products that have traditionally been more expensive. The problem, however, is when companies that play by the rules and actually do offer green products aren't able to lower prices enough to remain competitive, allowing greenwashing companies to take more business from honest companies, which perpetuates the cycle and continues to take advantage of unknowing consumers. Stopping The Cycle By Demanding Honest Labels: Although consumers have traditionally been the victims of these false eco-friendly label claims, more people are taking a stand against companies that use misleading label tactics. This sends a powerful message to companies, especially those that choose to make false claims and exaggerate their eco-friendly efforts. Instead of being an easy target for these businesses, consumers are now making it their mission to turn the tables on deceitful companies, making their inaccurate claims public. This has potential to damage a company and severely harm its reputation. In a competitive market, this will likely cause more than just corporate embarrassment - it could destroy a business's reputation. Lightning Labels has been doing its part to provide people with environmentally friendly label materials and stickers. In addition to offering recycled kraft and vellum sticker and labels materials, manufacturers can also purchase BioStone products - made from stone, not trees - and EarthFirst PLA labels, which are eco-friendly and made from corn. To order truly eco-friendly custom stickers and environmentally friendly labels made with green materials like EarthFirst PLA, Lightning Labels is offering a four-day sale that runs from November 29, 2012 through December 2, 2012. Save 10% off new label orders placed online. Simply use promo code 4DAYS at checkout. The promo code 4DAYS is valid on new label orders placed online only and does not apply to reorders. Free ground shipping applies to regularly priced orders shipped within the United States and Canada, but shipping charges apply for printed press proofs. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. About Lightning Labels: Lightning Labels uses state-of-the-art digital printing technology to provide affordable, full-color custom labels and custom stickers of all shapes and sizes, and now offers a full line of custom packaging products. From small orders for individuals, to the bulk needs of big businesses, Lightning Labels is equipped to handle and fulfill sticker, label and product packaging projects of all types. Best of all, like the name implies, Lightning Labels provides a quick turnaround to every customers' labeling and product packaging needs. Uses for Lightning Labels custom product labels and custom stickers include food packaging and organic food labels, wine and beverage labels, bath and body labels, and nutraceutical products, such as vitamins, essentials oils, and herbal remedies, as well as event stickers, adhesive window stickers and more. Lightning Labels strongly supports the development of environmentally friendly printing materials and carries EarthFirst PLA, a new kind of green label material made from corn instead of petroleum. While operating as a high-tech printer, Lighting Labels prides itself on its personalized customer service. Lightning Labels provides one stop shopping for all of your label and product packaging needs. For more information and to place orders online, visit LightningLabels.com. For the latest in packaging news and labeling promotional offers, find Lightning Labels on Facebook, Twitter (@LightningLabels), and Google+.
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Material Descriptions

Materials

BIOSTONE

One of our eco-friendly options that is actually made of stone—no trees are used. This material should not laminated.

CAST GLOSS

This is another material specially designed for the wine industry. It is paper-based with a high-gloss white finish. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CHROME (SILVER) BOPP

This material has the same water and oil-resistant properties as our White BOPP and Clear BOPP, but has the "mirror-like" look of shiny chrome.

CLASSIC CREST

Best suited for wine labels, this is a white paper stock with a dull matte finish. It is not suitable for lamination and is therefore not waterproof. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CLEAR BOPP

This is the clear version of the Polypropylene (BOPP) material. It has the same waterproof qualities as the White BOPP. It provides more of a "no label" look and is also suitable for window stickers (where reverse printing of the image allows the label to be applied to the inside of a glass window and be viewed from the outside).

ESTATE #9

This is a great option for wine labels, gourmet foods or applications where a textured finish is desired. Being a paper stock, it's not as water-resistant or durable as BOPP, but its light cream color and textured feel add a touch of the "unusual" to the right product. It features a special adhesive (removable in 100+ degree hot water) and a stronger liner particularly suited to machine application. Not suitable for lamination.

GOLD POLYESTER (METALIZED)

This material will make your labels shine! Suitable for most labeling applications, it has a strong adhesive backing and must be laminated. Choose glossy laminate to make your label designs pop, or matte for a unique, elegant look.

KRAFT (RECYCLED)

This is a recycled 100% post consumer waste material. It is a 55# paper material that is a wonderful option if an “earthy” appearance is desired. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water. It is not suitable for lamination; therefore, it is not water or oil resistant.

REMOVABLE WHITE BOPP

This material is the same as our standard BOPP, but has a special, "less aggressive" adhesive designed to allow the label to be removed or re-positioned after application. Depending on the surface it will be applied to, customer testing is strongly recommended. We can provide samples for this purpose.

SATIN CLOTH

Quite the unique material! Yes, it is woven satin acetate cloth. Think wine or spirit labels! This material will make your product packaging POP. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

SQUEEZABLE

A white, 3mil film that is better suited for squeezable applications. This material has proven to work well in a variety of applications, so you can be confident it will perform well for you.

VELLUM (RECYCLED)

A great “green” choice, this 60# vellum is 100% recycled with 100% post consumer waste material. Cannot be laminated. Is neither water nor oil-resistant. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

WHITE BOPP

This is our most commonly used material and is suitable for most applications. It's a polypropylene material with a permanent adhesive. It is impervious to water and oils, and is particularly suitable for bath and body products, as well as food containers.

WHITE EARTHFIRST PLA

A more environmentally friendly alternative to White BOPP. The PLA stands for Polylactic Acid (a biopolymer made from corn rather than petrochemicals). Similar look and feel to BOPP and suitable for most applications, but should not be used directly on candle containers.

WHITE FLEXIBLE VINYL

This is our most substantial material. The vinyl is thicker than BOPP, and is most suitable for outdoor applications where greater strength and durability are needed, or where lengthy exposure to the elements is an issue.

WINDOW DECAL (CLEAR/ULTRA-REMOVABLE)

We offer this window decal option as an alternative to static cling. The face stock is clear with excellent clarity. The adhesive is an ultra-removable featuring excellent weatherability and UV resistance. It removes cleanly from a wide variety of substrates without staining or ghosting. Why worry about static clings staying on when you can have removable adhesive there to hold it in place?

CAST GLOSS

This is another material specially designed for the wine industry. It is paper-based with a high-gloss white finish. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CHROME (SILVER) BOPP

This material has the same water and oil-resistant properties as our White BOPP and Clear BOPP, but has the "mirror-like" look of shiny chrome.

CLASSIC CREST

Best suited for wine labels, this is a white paper stock with a dull matte finish. It is not suitable for lamination and is therefore not waterproof. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CLEAR BOPP

This is the clear version of the Polypropylene (BOPP) material. It has the same waterproof qualities as the White BOPP. It provides more of a "no label" look and is also suitable for window stickers (where reverse printing of the image allows the label to be applied to the inside of a glass window and be viewed from the outside).

ESTATE #9

This is a great option for wine labels, gourmet foods or applications where a textured finish is desired. Being a paper stock, it's not as water-resistant or durable as BOPP, but its light cream color and textured feel add a touch of the "unusual" to the right product. It features a special adhesive (removable in 100+ degree hot water) and a stronger liner particularly suited to machine application. Not suitable for lamination.

GOLD POLYESTER (METALIZED)

This material will make your labels shine! Suitable for most labeling applications, it has a strong adhesive backing and must be laminated. Choose glossy laminate to make your label designs pop, or matte for a unique, elegant look.

KRAFT (RECYCLED)

This is a recycled 100% post consumer waste material. It is a 55# paper material that is a wonderful option if an “earthy” appearance is desired. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water. It is not suitable for lamination; therefore, it is not water or oil resistant.

REMOVABLE WHITE BOPP

This material is the same as our standard BOPP, but has a special, "less aggressive" adhesive designed to allow the label to be removed or re-positioned after application. Depending on the surface it will be applied to, customer testing is strongly recommended. We can provide samples for this purpose.

SATIN CLOTH

Quite the unique material! Yes, it is woven satin acetate cloth. Think wine or spirit labels! This material will make your product packaging POP. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

SQUEEZABLE

A white, 3mil film that is better suited for squeezable applications. This material has proven to work well in a variety of applications, so you can be confident it will perform well for you.

VELLUM (RECYCLED)

A great “green” choice, this 60# vellum is 100% recycled with 100% post consumer waste material. Cannot be laminated. Is neither water nor oil-resistant. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

WHITE BOPP

This is our most commonly used material and is suitable for most applications. It's a polypropylene material with a permanent adhesive. It is impervious to water and oils, and is particularly suitable for bath and body products, as well as food containers.

WHITE EARTHFIRST PLA

A more environmentally friendly alternative to White BOPP. The PLA stands for Polylactic Acid (a biopolymer made from corn rather than petrochemicals). Similar look and feel to BOPP and suitable for most applications, but should not be used directly on candle containers.

WHITE FLEXIBLE VINYL

This is our most substantial material. The vinyl is thicker than BOPP, and is most suitable for outdoor applications where greater strength and durability are needed, or where lengthy exposure to the elements is an issue.

WINDOW DECAL (CLEAR/ULTRA-REMOVABLE)

We offer this window decal option as an alternative to static cling. The face stock is clear with excellent clarity. The adhesive is an ultra-removable featuring excellent weatherability and UV resistance. It removes cleanly from a wide variety of substrates without staining or ghosting. Why worry about static clings staying on when you can have removable adhesive there to hold it in place?

Artwork Specifications

Laminates

High Gloss

High gloss is our most popular laminate. It is the least expensive option and provides protection for the label and a high gloss shiny finish.

Matte

The Matte Laminate provides your label with a dull, non-glossy finish. Some customers consider this achieves a more "natural" look.

Thermal Transfer

This is a gloss laminate that is designed to work with most over-printing thermal transfer printers. We do recommend you get samples first to test through your own printer before placing an order with this laminate.

UV Outdoor Gloss

As the name implies this is best used for labels that will be used outdoors. It has a high gloss finish with excellent UV resistance. It is best paired with our vinyl material for the most durable outdoor label.