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Elevate Packaging announces certified compostable labels made from sugarcane

March 2, 2017

The quality and strength of sugarcane paper is excellent for making high-quality adhesive labels, the company says.

Elevate Packaging, a specialist in sustainable packaging and labels, and partner Bio4Life B.V., have announced the compostable certification of the  PURE Labels sugarcane adhesive label product line made with BioTAK adhesives.

Richard Cohen, CEO and president of Elevate Packaging, comments, “This certification is for our clients. It firmly establishes 100% confidence the PURE Labels product line is the first and the only certified compostable adhesive label available anywhere.” 

The company says its PURE Labels product line offers the widest range of sustainable and eco-friendly adhesive labels available throughout North America, including Sugarcane, Clear BioPlastic, FSC-certified paper, Direct Thermal, and Metalized Silver adhesive labels.

Sugarcane fiber, also known as bagasse, is a discarded byproduct of sugar production. By using this fiber to make paper for compostable packaging and labels these eco-friendly packaging solutions carry an additional benefit of avoiding greenhouse gases, since the fiber is generally disposed of by burning and polluting the air with plumes of smoke-filled greenhouse gases.

The quality and strength of sugarcane paper is excellent for making high-quality adhesive labels. Sugarcane waste is superior to wood pulp due to its much denser cellulose fibers. The sugarcane paper labels requires less raw material, less water, less energy and less waste. Sugarcane is a renewable eco-friendly source as it reproduces in cycles of less than 1 year compared to trees which generally take 7 to 10 years.

Compostable adhesive labels are essential for compostable packaging, especially for adhesive labels placed on disposable compostable foodservice packaging, including compostable PLA take-out containers, produce labels, single-use bags and zipper stand-up pouches.

This certificate is compliant under both European and United States compostability testing standards, respectively Din Certco EN13432 and ASTM D6400.

“Our successful and exclusive partnership with Elevate Packaging is the cornerstone to our North American growth strategy in providing a responsive US-based compostable adhesive solutions centrally located in Chicago.  The certified compostable sugarcane paper label positions Pure Labels as the leading source of innovative compostable adhesive labels in North America,” says Arjan Klapwijk, president of Bio4Life.

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