Monthly Archives: March 2013

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    Hawaiian State Senate Says 'Aloha' To GMO Custom Food Labels

    Lawmakers Table Bill To Require Custom Food Labels

    While lawmakers' focus across the country has been trained on GMO custom food labels recently, so too has the interest of agriculture businesses opposed to such measures. The latter recently won the latest round in the fight over GMO labeling after Hawaiian legislators agreed to shelve a proposal that would require labels be placed on qualified foods.

    Recently, The Associate Press reported the Hawaii Senate committees on agriculture, consumer production and health all resolved to halt the progress of a proposal that would have placed labels on all imported food modified through genetic engineering.

    More Research in Lieu of Food Product Labels
    According to the AP, Sen. Rosalyn Baker, chairwoman of the consumer protection committee, said that instead of pressing forward on new legislation for food product labels, senators said they would advocate for more research on genetically modified foods.

    However, the Senate's decision to table the proposal rankled many of the bill's supporters, who accused state lawmakers of acquiescing all too easily to the demands of the food industry, which is what California proponents said when the state's Proposition 37, which set off the nationwide GMO debate, was foiled by industry special interests.

  • Celebrate Earth Day with Eco-Friendly Custom Labels

    Recognize Earth Day with Custom Labels

    Earth Day may come only once a year, but Lightning Labels celebrates all year long with eco-friendly custom labels and tips for preserving resources. As Lightning Labels takes sustainability seriously, the company recently became the first high-resolution digital label printing business to use EarthFirst PLA to make its custom labels. EarthFirst PLA is a new material that is made from corn in place of petroleum. As petroleum-based products can linger in landfills for years, using a corn-based material helps preserve the space and the Earth. Although this material is biodegradable, it is also exceedingly durable and high in quality. EarthFirst PLA labels are also waterproof and oilproof, making these stickers ideal for all products used in the great outdoors this spring, rain or shine.

    Once the sweet scent of spring is in the air, Earth Day, which falls on April 22, is right around the corner. Whether you're hosting a garden party or making the office a more efficient place to be, eco-friendly labels can take any task to the next level. Although preserving resources for generations to come is serious business, having fun while celebrating the planet's bounty is always welcome. The following ideas can make supporting the Earth a little easier:

    Use Weatherproof Stickers to Host a Seed-Swap Party What better way to celebrate spring and the Earth than by getting everyone ready for planting season? Creating colorful packages labeled with weatherproof stickers to swap seeds can make a gardening party the seed-swap soiree of the year. Hosting a seed swap is the perfect way to get friends and neighbors together, and it also helps gardeners put leftover seeds to use.

    To prepare for the party, gather some envelopes and custom weatherproof stickers to categorize the different varieties of seeds. Send out party invitations with designs that mirror the custom stickers used on the seed packages, and request that everyone bring extra packets of seeds along with their favorite gardening tips or stories.  Once the guests have arrived and all the packets are on the table, unpack and repackage all the seeds into the custom envelopes to ensure all guests have something memorable to take home.

    Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with Custom Label Stickers Remembering to recycle is not always easy, but it can be much simpler with the help of some custom label stickers. To increase the chances of recycling, a homeowner or business owner may want to keep bins near desks or other locations where paper and other recyclable items are likely to be. Order recycling bins and attach custom label stickers on them to differentiate ones for paper, plastic and glass. Keeping things organized with a system increases the likelihood that items will get recycled rather than tossed in the trash. It can also help to separate recyclable items ahead of time to avoid the stress that comes with sorting through a mixed mountain of waste later on.

    Food waste items like banana peels, eggshells and apple cores can be collected in the back yard or garden in a compost pile. The compost saves landfill space and can be used to fertilize the garden and decrease the need for purchasing soil additives. Parents may want to make a sign with custom label stickers and attach it to a stake, then place it the ground near the compost pile as a reminder for kids not walk through it.

    To help prepare for Earth Day, Lightning Labels is offering 10% off online orders of $500 or more through April 8, 2013, plus a chance to win a 70" flat screen TV using promo code MARCHTV at checkout. Orders of $500 or more qualify for automatic entry and for every $500 spent one additional entry is earned. The maximum discount is $1000. Free ground shipping applies to regularly priced orders shipped only within the US & Canada. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotion. Visit LightningLabels.com for details. No purchase necessary.

  • South Africans Hopping Mad After Kangaroo Found In Products With Beef Custom Food Labels

    Study Unveils Custom Food Labels Often Wrong

    Custom food labels have been in the news lately, but for all the wrong reasons. A recent scandal engulfed most of Europe when horsemeat was found in a number of supermarket beef products. But the trend of mislabeled meat products isn't exclusive to Europe, South Africans recently - and grimly - found out.

    A study by the University of Stellenbosch in the African nation examined the content of local supermarket products labeled as beef. Researchers instead found such products actually contained donkey, kangaroo and water buffalo, among other animals.

    Government Looks To Strengthen Regulation On Food Product Labels
    As a reaction to the grossly inaccurate food product labels found in South African groceries, BDlive reported Rob Davies, minister of the country's department of trade and industry, is set to publish new proposals that would tighten regulations on how beef products are labeled.

    "The existing labeling requirements are perhaps not strong enough," he said. "There is perhaps a need for stronger definitions."

    Davies suspected imported meat products as the problem source, but will nonetheless pursue investigations into all parties involved in the labeling fiasco.

  • 4 Key Resources for Printing Custom Labels

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    When searching for a commercial label printing company to help you with your printing needs, there are a few things to look for and ask about before conducting business. We recommend scouting out quality printing services that provide a range of printers and design experience to make the best custom labels possible. To accomplish that, here are a few key characteristics you should inquire about when searching for a printer:

    1. Look for printing manufacturers who use the latest technology during the printing process. Businesses that use the newest and latest equipment offer their customers two positive printing factors. The first is that the printing quality will be crisp and clean. Secondly, the most up-to-date printing technologies have been designed to be environmentally friendly, which makes for an easy conscience.

    2.  Ask printers if they offer a range of services or if there is a minimum amount you have to order when printing. Businesses that offer quality printing for small, medium and large projects help customers stay on budget. Keep shopping around if the contractor has an unreasonable minimum order requirement, especially if you know that amount of product will go to waste.

    3. If you have some label design ideas, look for a printer who will work with you to make your product a reality. Participating in the label design process is half the fun, plus, you know your business better than anyone else.

    4. Printers who offer a quick turnaround and a good return policy are positive attributes to look for during your search. In case an error occurs during the printing process, you don't want to be stuck with 200 custom labels that are misspelled and virtually unusable. Quality printers who want to retain clients and reach a large consumer audience know it's important to get your products out to you as quickly and efficiently as possible.

  • Custom Stickers To Inform First Responders Explored In New Jersey

    Gov. Conditionally Vetoes Custom Stickers Law, Has Issue With Funding

    Custom stickers are increasingly being used in new and innovative ways. One such example of this is in New Jersey, where recently introduced state legislation would implement a new program wherein car drivers can affix stickers to their rear windshields to assist first responders in the event of an accident.

    Gov. Chris Christie actually vetoed the legislation, but far from opposing the idea of stickers, he maintained they should not be funded by taxpayer dollars, as the bill in its current format would have stipulated. As a reference for how the sticker program could work, Christie pointed to Mount Laurel, where the program is funded through a nonprofit organization.

    Printed Labels and Stickers Alert Responders To Medical Information
    Known as the Yellow Dot Program, Mount Laurel motorists can affix printed labels and stickers to their rear windshield to direct first responders to check the glove compartment for information that would prove vital in handling a crash.

    Motorists involved in the program are provided a supplemental yellow folder that contains known medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies, medications, preferred hospitals and emergency contact information.

    City officials told NewsWorks they had distributed 3,000 stickers and folders since the program's inception in 2011.

  • Feeling Saucy: Pizza Industry Backs New Legislation on Custom Food Labels

    Bipartisan Bill Would Revamp Custom Food Label Requirements

    New House legislation was recently introduced to better prepare food businesses for displaying nutritional custom food labels on menus. The bipartisan bill has at least one big supporter: the American Pizza Community.

    Representing some 20,000 pizza establishments across the nation, the commission announced its support for HR 1249, the "Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013," saying it would help pizza operators innovate new solutions to complying with mandated menu calorie labels.

    "This legislation seeks to address widespread concerns ... by replacing impractical, one-size-fits-all rules with flexible approaches based on real-world experience," said Lynn Liddle, chair of the American Pizza Community and executive vice president at Domino's Pizza.

    Food Product Labels Could Appear Online
    One of the key provisions in the bill pizza owners backed was the allowance for nutritional food product labels to be displayed on online menus. A proposal in the bill would allow firms with the majority of customers placing orders off-premises - as is the case for many delivery pizza places - to provide calorie labeling through remote-access menus.

    The legislation would also extend the option to label by portion, or slice in this case, and provide flexibility for labeling menu items with variable contents, for example, multi-topping pizzas.

  • Lightning Labels Recognizes Earth Day and Spring's Return with Eco-Friendly Labels

    Eco-Friendly Labels Support Sustainability This Spring  

    Denver, CO, (March 26, 2013) - Lightning Labels, a custom label and sticker printing leader, encourages manufacturers to honor Earth Day and spring's return with a full line of eco-friendly labels that support sustainability in April and beyond. Although Earth Day is officially recognized for one day every year, custom labels printed by Lighting Labels provide sustainable solutions all year long. Committed to preserving resources for future generations, Lightning Labels aims to provide consumers with viable alternatives to labels that are tree- or petroleum-based. As manufacturers peruse the variety of label options available, Lightning Labels aims to educate consumers about the most current eco-friendly materials available today.

    Multiple Options Now Available for Eco-Friendly Custom Stickers "Lightning Labels offers a lot of Earth-friendly options that manufacturers can use for their custom label projects," says Julie Mcculley, Lightning Labels Production Manager. "Although producers can feel good about their role in preserving the environment, many consumers will appreciate their efforts and may make purchasing decisions based on a product's eco-friendly labels, thus driving sales and awareness."

    Here are some material options manufacturers can consider when brainstorming eco-friendly labels:

    1.  EarthFirst PLA  Lightning Labels recently became the first digital label printer in the U.S. to offer EarthFirst PLA eco-friendly custom stickers. Made from corn rather than petroleum, EarthFirst PLA labels are printed on a film material and deliver striking aesthetic value as well as durability. Because EarthFirst PLA is a compostable label material, the simple switch can reduce the excess of landfill waste made up of petroleum products that remain in the ground for years. This label type is biodegradable and is also durable, waterproof and oilproof.

    2. Set in BioStone Another eco-friendly label option from Lightning Labels is BioStone, which is made from stone instead of trees. Every part of these biodegradable labels - including the adhesive backings - is fully compostable and highly durable. BioStone labels enjoy excellent ink adhesion and are water-resistant, making these striking labels a rock-solid custom labels solution.

    3. Recycled Kraft A crafty way to reduce one's carbon footprint is by printing labels on recycled Kraft paper material made from 100 percent post-consumer waste. Strong and suitable for machine applications, these earthy, organic-looking labels are ideal options for conserving energy while providing products with an enduring, dependable look and feel.

    4. Recycled Vellum White vellum material adds an elegant and uplifting look to custom labels. Also recycled from 100 percent post-consumer waste, its sustainability and strong liner make it suitable for machine applications and add a one-two punch to any custom printing projects.

    Eco-Friendly Packaging and Labeling First Step to Taking Sustainable Action Choosing eco-friendly packaging and labeling is just the first step to reducing a carbon footprint. Consumers and manufacturers can keep the sustainability chain going with a few simple Earth Day tips, which are great year-round:

    1. Reduce Energy Use Keeping appliances maintained and using climate control systems, light timers and other energy-savers helps preserve money and natural resources. People may want to make sure appliances have good user reviews because faulty, inefficient systems waste energy and drain resources. A visit from an HVAC professional to check systems can ensure everything is as up-to-date and energy-efficient as possible.

    2. Consider Composting Creating a compost pile preserves landfill space and fertilizes soil, allowing better water absorption to help plants grow better. Food scraps, such as banana peels, apple cores and eggshells, are just a few examples of items that make good compost and reduce the need for spending money on fertilizing products.

    3. Recycle Keeping a recycling bin near office desks and at home may make it easier to remember to recycle packaging or other paper products that will no longer be used.

    Ready to make the jump to sustainability? Lightning Labels offers free samples of all labels, including eco-friendly stickers, so consumers can see and test the quality for themselves.

    Also, Lightning Labels is offering 10% off online orders of $500 or more through April 8, 2013, plus a chance to win a 70" flat screen TV using promo code MARCHTV at checkout. Orders of $500 or more qualify for automatic entry and for every $500 spent one additional entry is earned. The maximum discount is $1000. Free ground shipping applies to regularly priced orders shipped only within the US & Canada. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotion. Visit LightningLabels.com for details. No purchase necessary.

    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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  • Retailers Settle With FTC After Faux Fur Custom Product Labels Faux Pas

    Custom Product Labels Advertised Fake Fur That Was Real

    File this under wacky scandals regarding custom product labels: A group of three retailers agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission after it was found they labeled faux fur apparel as not containing real fur despite the product actually being made of real fur.

    The FTC said the three retailers - chief among them Neiman Marcus, a major department store chain - violated the Fur Product Labeling Act by failing to disclose true product origins, mislabeling items and, in some cases, not naming what animal produced the fur. The settlement included no financial penalties, but had the retailers acknowledge their misdeeds and stipulated they cannot violate the act for 20 years.

    Misrepresented Fur Origin on Labels for Products
    According to the FTC complaint, Neiman Marcus did not provide accurate labels for products like a Burberry outerwear jacket and shoes. Unrelated to the faux fur debacle was the FTC's allegation the retailer also claimed a product was made with mink fur, but was in fact made with rabbit fur.

    The two other retailers - DrJays.com and Eminent Inc. - were also found to have mislabeled numerous "faux fur" products including bomber jackets, ponchos, vests, boots and hats.

  • Feds Butt Out: Ditch Plan To Require Graphic Custom Warning Labels on Cigarettes

    FDA Backs Down On Custom Warning Labels After Court Ruling

    Score this round for Big Tobacco in the ongoing fight to place custom warning labels on cigarette packaging. In a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner obtained by The Associated Press, Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will back down on its call to display graphic warning labels on cigarettes ... for now.

    The latest obstacle to the federal mission was an appeals court decision that upheld a previous ruling stating the labels - mandated by legislation passed by Congress in 2009 - would violate free speech of tobacco companies.

    In the letter, Holder said the agency would not seek a review of the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court and suggested the FDA would have to go back to the drawing board and retool the labels it sought to implement.

    Graphic Hazard Warning Labels a Growing Trend
    The hazard warning labels the FDA developed would have covered half of the packaging, and in addition to textual warnings against the dangers of smoking, they would display several graphic scenes like a decayed lung or tracheotomy hole designed to discourage smokers from lighting up.

    Recent statistics indicate more than 40 countries have instituted similar graphic warning label requirements, but the road to an agreement on the subject in the United States looks fraught with challenges for the FDA.

  • STOP: High Fat Content Ahead - Study Finds Traffic Light Custom Food Labels Work

    Custom Food Labels On Menus Advocated For

    Traffic light custom food labels have been all the rage. Recently, a group of U.K. grocers vowed to include such labels on foods in a bid to help consumers make healthier choices, and now the concept is getting attention stateside.

    A recent study by U.S. collegiate researchers published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity advocated for the inclusion of traffic labels on menus after they were found to aid diners in eating healthier.

    Food Product Labels Like Traffic Lights Help Consumers
    In the study on traffic food product labels, researchers gave diners at Oklahoma State University one of three menus during the research period. One menu had no calorie information, another had values for each item, and the third had traffic light symbols - green for foods considered healthy and red for those with too much fat or calorie content.

    By the end of the research, diners using standard menus with no nutrition information consumed 817 calories on average, compared to the 768 calories ingested by those with the calorie information menu, and 696 consumer by those with traffic light menus.

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