Berkshire Labels, headquartered in Hungerford, Berkshire, England, has become the first company to offer a fully biodegradable and compostable self adhesive label range that conforms to EN13432 in its own right. EN13432 is the European standard for biodegradability and compostability.
The label converter manufactures BioTAK labelstocks, which include a fully biodegradable and compostable adhesive. The product range includes a white semigloss paper, kraft natural unbleached paper, white and clear PLA, and Natureflex, which is available in white, clear and metalised. BioTAK is suitable for chilled and ambient conditions; and is currently being used on beauty and healthcare products, food packaging, beverages and stationery.
The BioTAK S100 adhesive is also being used on compostable tapes, overlaminating film, a retail glue, and as a laminating adhesive.
“We have been working on this project since 2001,” says Managing Director Paul Roscoe. “This is not a knee jerk reaction to the climate change debate that has hit us in the last 18 months. We recognized that packaging had to change back in 2000. Certification has come just in time.”
Berkshire Labels, which also markets itself as The Green Label Company, has been accredited to the Environmental Standard ISO14001 since August 2007. The company also has been conducting trials of its green inks, and offers its customers collection and recycling of backing paper to reduce the amount of waste to landfill.
(See L&NW’s October 2007 Companies to Watch feature for a profile of Berkshire Labels by Barry Hunt.)