Monthly Archives: December 2012

  • Sticker Labels Warn Those Who Enable Underage Drinking

    Youth Put Warning Sticker Labels On Alcohol

    Warning sticker labels on alcohol usually advise pregnant women against consumption. However, many youth advocates have decried the lack of labels warning consumers from purchasing alcohol for minors. To rectify that issue, student supporters have taken matters into their own hands.

    The Press of Atlantic City recently reported that students from the local Egg Harbor Township High School spent a night putting stickers on alcohol products that read "KEEP IT LEGAL!" to warn those who might buy alcohol for the purposes of giving it to underage drinkers.

    Part Of Larger National Labels Effort
    The students from Egg Harbor are just the latest youth group to stick it to lawbreakers with labels. Teens across the nation have taken part in "Project Sticker Shock," which works with area grocery stores to affix warning labels on alcohol reminding alcohol purchasers of their moral and legal obligations.

    Laurie Smith, a prevention specialist for Atlantic Prevention Resources, told The Press that the effort enables youth to take a proactive approach to underage drinking.

    "It's helping them realize the dangers of underage drinking," she said. "And they're also able to educate others."

  • Illuminating: New Research Creates Solar Energy Custom Stickers

    Stanford Projects Forge New Sticker Labels

    When one thinks of solar energy equipment, it's usually big square panels - not small sticker labels. But with technology enabling music lovers to carry thousands of songs on an MP3 player the size of a post-it note, it's no wonder researchers have achieved a breakthrough in green technology by engineering a sticker capable of harvesting solar energy.

    Researchers at Stanford University recently announced they had developed the first ever peel-and-stick solar cell that can adhere to plastic, glass and paper, among other common surfaces.

    Custom Stickers As Strong As Other Solar Technologies
    The custom stickers are made with thin films only measurable in nanometers of nickel and silicon dioxide wafers, which are wrapped inside a protective polymer with solar cells, which is then put on thermal release tape. Users just need to submerge the wafer to peel off the sticker, which is also reusable and can be stuck on objects like cellphones.

    "Now you can put [solar stickers] on helmets, cellphones, convex windows, portable electronic devices, curved roofs, clothing - virtually anything," said Xiaolin Zheng, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford.

    The researchers said their peel-and-stick solar sticker had an energy-producing efficiency of 7.5 percent, the same as a thin film solar cell on a glass panel substrate.

  • Souping Up Schools: Food Labels Help Educators Earn Rewards

    Box Tops and Food Labels Remain Big Resource

    Some people will throw food labels and box tops into the trash without a second thought. However, many U.S. schools actually host fundraising drives to collect labels and tops that can be redeemed for funds and other school items.

    Collecting labels like those in the Campbell's Labels for Education program can help schools earn money when resources are hard to come by in the recovering economy, Patricia Burrell, a West Point, Virginia, area language arts teacher told The Tidewater Review.

    Labels Help Secure Much-Needed Funds
    The money from labels is especially important for funding programs that have suffered cuts because of the diminished economy.

    One soup label drive in Park Rapids, Minnesota, raised more than $4,000 in labels that students collected, which will then be used to restock the school supply closet and fund a pizza party for the classrooms that collected the most labels, The Park Rapid Enterprise said.

    Educators also get help from outside consumers who drop labels off at PTO drives to do their part in helping schools survive.

  • Raise A Glass: USDA Defines Requirements For Organic Wine Labels

    Agency Defines Organic Composition Needed For Labels

    Organic labels have been the hot topic for food in 2012. That trend has even branched out to alcohol production, as a new range of organic products has captured many consumers' attention. But like any other organic product, winemakers need to achieve certain levels of organic compounds to get federal-backed labels, which have been recently updated.

    According to The Capital Press, the USDA National Organic Program has issued new definitions for four classes of organic wine that producers need to understand in order to get correct labeling.

    USDA Labels Reserved For Most Organic Wines
    In order for wine to display "100 percent organic" USDA labels, grapes and other agricultural ingredients like yeast must be certified as organic, producers clearly state their certifying agency and did not add sulfites to their wine. "Organic" labels carry the same requirements, except wines under this label are allowed to have up to 5 percent of its ingredients be non-organic.

    "Made with organic ingredients" requires grapes to be certified, but allows for added sulfites and cannot bear an approved USDA organic seal. "Some organic ingredients" is defined as wine with more than 30 percent non-organically produced ingredients.

    A Washington state organic wine producer told The Press the regulations not only helped clarify the different federally recognized classes, but also helped customers better understand the evolving market for organic wines.

  • Sticky Situation: General Mills To Update Fruit Roll-Up Labels

    Lawsuit Prompts Change In Food Labels

    Consumer advocates are always looking out for incorrect food labels. As such, producers have to remain vigilant in maintaining correct labeling practices or risk legal intervention, as General Mills recently learned.

    According to the watchdog Center for Science in the Public Interest, General Mills will change its labeling for select varieties of its fruit roll-ups product, a popular snack choice among kids, after a lawsuit alleged General Mills misled consumers by not stating correct ingredients on its labels.

    No Strawberries In Roll-Ups, Labels Changed To Reflect Complaint
    The change in labels resulted from a lawsuit filed by a California resident who claimed General Mills did not provide correct information about "the nutritional and health qualities of its fruit snacks" on labels.

    Strawberry Naturally Flavored Fruit Roll-Ups were singled out as one of the offending products. Despite the name, the product is made with pears from concentrate, corn syrup, sugar, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil - among other ingredients - but not strawberries.

    In an agreement reached between the two sides, General Mills said it would no longer market the product with images of strawberries so long as the product does not contain any of the fruit in question.

  • Singled Out: Individual Price Sticker Labels May Be Gone In 2013

    New Law May Make Price Sticker Labels Disappear

    Individual pricing sticker labels have been a mainstay in neighborhood convenience stores. However, that may all soon change for residents in Massachusetts after the Associated Press reported that a new law that will take effect in 2013 will not require food stores in the state to place individual price stickers on each item for sale.

    The law, which will be enforced starting January 1 will allow store operators to place price scanners in their shop that consumers can use to find the price of their desired item. The law was signed by Gov. Deval Patrick earlier this year, and Massachusetts was the last state to require individual price stickers.

    Some Consumers Concerned Over Lack Of Labels
    Store owners were a big lobbying force behind the bill, saying the law would save them the money of having to individually affix sticker labels to every in-store item.

    However, some consumer advocates have warned against the bill, saying price scanners can be unreliable. Some with disabilities may also have harder shopping routines with the absence of individual price stickers.

    "It would be more difficult for me because I am handicapped, and so if I had to run back and forth with an item to see how much it's going to cost, it would take me an awful long time to do my shopping," Mary Ann Spencer of Springfield told local NBC affiliate WWLP.

  • Quad Cities Latest Hotbed of Support For GMO Food Labels

    Iowa Group Pushed Food Labels, Raises Awareness

    Proponents of food labels for genetically engineered foods have found a new theatre for the ongoing fight. After California brought the initiative to the national spotlight, legislators in Connecticut and New Mexico have pressed for state-mandated labels. Now, GMO labels have found new support in the Midwest.

    The Quad City Times recently reported on the growing popularity of the Iowa group Let Me Decide, a coalition pushing for GMO labels to enable customers to make their own decisions when buying food products. The Times also said Let Me Decide has even reached out to state officials to bring the matter before legislators.

    State Laws For GMO Labels On Horizon?
    Iowa State Senator Joe Seng (D-Davenport) said after meeting with Let Me Decide, it's possible the case for GMO labels could reach state legislators soon, according to the Times.

    "[GMO labeling] may deserve a day before the committee, to see if this has legs," Seng, chairman of the state Senate Agriculture Committee, told The Times.

    The Times also reported similar GMO legislation could have its day in front of Illinois lawmakers in the near future.

  • Sticker Shock: Hybrid Cars Need Warning Labels

    Labels Used To Protect First Responders

    An influential group recently called for new labels for hybrid cars. Surprisingly the labels wouldn't have anything to do with gas mileage, but the electric systems hybrids and other electric cars use.

    According to recommendations by SAE International, formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers, cars with electrical systems need warning labels to better protect first responders to a crash and workers who handle vehicles from hazards posed by high-voltage systems after an accident.

    Sticker labels viewable from 50 feet
    An SAE panel said hybrids and electric vehicles should have inch-high letters or sticker labels on both the sides of the car and the rear of the vehicle that are visible to first responders from up to 50 feet away. The committee recommended dashboard lettering that is viewable through the window as an alternative.

    "As electric vehicles enter the marketplace in greater numbers, it's an appropriate time to recognize best practices that facilitate a safe response when these vehicles are in an accident," said Todd Mackintosh, SAE committee chairman.

    SAE also recommended developing a quick reference guide to hybrids and electrics for first responders and tow-truck operators to better familiarize and educate them on the hazards some cars pose during a post-crash situation.

  • Lightning Labels Donates Custom Labels to Classroom Central for Mobile School Supply Project

    Packages With Custom Stickers to be Delivered to Thousands of Children Living in Poverty

    Custom Labels Donated by Lightning Labels

    Lightning

    Lightning Labels, a custom label and sticker printing leader, is doing its part in spreading holiday cheer to the less fortunate by partnering with Classroom Central this January. Lightning Labels has agreed to provide stickers and labels that will promote the Classroom Central cause and be used on school supplies it distributes to needy students and educators. "We are so happy to partner with Classroom Central on such a worthwhile venture," says Business Development Manager AnneMarie Campbell. "Lightning Labels realizes the need for local schools to have the best supplies necessary not just for the students, but also for their teachers. We are thrilled to be able to donate labels to the cause."

    Custom Labels Used as Branding Tool for Classroom Central

    Lightning Labels has been a resource for manufacturers that want to use customized labels as a marketing tool, and the partnership with Classroom Central is no different. Classroom Central operates the Free Store for teachers, which distributed more than $5.7 million in school supplies to more than 9,000 teachers last year. More than 132,000 students in more than 200 schools in North and South Carolina were able to benefit from the program, and Classroom Central hopes to be able to reach more underprivileged students in the coming months. In response to the growing need and successful Free Store program, Classroom Central has developed a pilot Mobile Free Store that will kick off January 2013 and hand-deliver supplies to needy schools. The classroom supplies will be packaged in paper boxes displaying labels that clearly state Classroom Central as the benefactor, which will simultaneously raise awareness about the program with other potential donors and supply recipients. "We will be the first organization in the country to be able to execute a program of this magnitude," says a spokesperson from Classroom Central. "It is quite a herculean effort, but we are up for the challenge."

    Making Custom Labels and Packaging Go The Distance

    Lightning Labels has been a resource for eco-minded manufacturers to create sustainable, eco-friendly labels, and the partnership with Classroom Central remains true to that. The nonprofit Free Store will package the school supplies into boxes bearing the custom label stickers provided by Lightning Labels, and the paper boxes will be distributed to underprivileged schools, educators and students. The boxes will be returned to Classroom Central and reused several times as a way to keep expenses down and use the money to buy even more school supplies. Classroom Central currently offers Free Store services to six districts but hopes to be able to service all the schools in the largest district within the next two years, which includes 159 schools, more than 1,200 teachers and 76,000 students.

    About Classroom Central:

    Starting in 2000, the nonprofit organization Classroom Central began with a team of local business leaders who wanted to give needy kids and schools the necessary supplies to further their education and classroom experience. The Free Store began after the Carolina Panthers Children's Charities gifted the organization with a $200,000 donation. Since its inception, Classroom Central has made it its mission to provide school supplies to educators and students in six districts in North and South Carolina, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell-Statesville, Union, Kannapolis and Lancaster by relying on support through financial donations, volunteers, service providers and supply donors.

    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 FacebookTwitter (@LightningLabels), and Google+.

  • Proposed State Amendment Supports GMO Food Labels

    New Mexico State Senator Wants New Food Labels

    The fight for food labels for genetically engineered foods is far from fading. Though California voters failed to pass proposition 37, which would require GMO labeling, Connecticut legislators recently signaled they would take up the matter. However, the Northeastern lawmakers appear a step behind, after a state senator from New Mexico filed a proposition supporting legalized GMO labeling.

    Peter Wirth (Democrat - Santa Fe-25) has filed a proposed amendment (SB 18) to the New Mexico Food Act to mandate food labels for genetically engineered food and feed. The legislation would require foods and feed products that are made of more than 1 percent genetically modified material to carry the label.

    Senator: Consumers Have Right To Know, Labels Necessary
    Wirth has said the proposed amendment for new labels would empower customers to know what is in the food they eat.

    "The premise of this amendment is simple - New Mexicans deserve the right to know what's in the food they are eating and feeding to their families," said Wirth. "Labeling GE foods and feed will empower consumers with basic information to help them decide for themselves the types of food they want to buy."

    The amendment would also be a corrective measure, not just focused on mandating labels. The amendment's language went in-depth on how it would define misbranding of genetically modified foods and rectify those problems.

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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.