Lightning Labels Expands New Eco-Friendly Product Suite Introducing CleanFlake Labels

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Lightning Labels has expanded our eco-friendly label product suite with CleanFlake Labels. CleanFlake Labels are a new eco-friendly label technology that cuts waste and improves PET recycling.

Lightning Labels introduction of CleanFlake adhesive technology improves recycling and cuts waste

Food and beverage makers that want to score points with environmentally conscious customers now have eco-friendly labeling that makes recycling easier than ever. Lightning Labels introduces CleanFlake Labels by Avery Dennison, a new earth-friendly label technology that cuts waste and improves PET recycling. CleanFlake labels are the latest addition to Lightning Labels' eco-friendly labels product suite.

Traditional pressure-sensitive product labels make it more difficult to recover sufficient resin acceptable for food-grade rPET because leftovers from the adhesive, ink and facestock contaminate the ground-up PET flakes during recycling. This not only affects supply and demand, but it also drives up recycling costs.

Eco-friendly labels like our new CleanFlake labels changes all that, dramatically increasing reclamation rates. Up to 100% of a PET container can now be manufactured using recycled rPET. Plus, there is no limit to the number of times this material can be recycled and reused. CleanFlake-labeled PET bottles and thermoform containers are a new way for consumers to help bring about a greener, healthier and more sustainable planet.

How CleanFlake Labels Works
With CleanFlake labels adhesive technology, the unique water-based adhesive labels stick to the container to the end of its life cycle but separate cleanly during recycling. In other words, the label - ink and all - peels off from the container without any residue or contamination. What this means for recyclers is that more PET items can now successfully go through the recycling stream, specifically the sink/float washing process.

In a typical recycling operation, bottles are ground and submerged in a warm caustic bath. What's different with CleanFlake labels is that the caustic wash breaks down the cohesive bond, allowing the label to detach from the PET flake. In addition, the labels will float in water, inks won't bleed and adhesives will not disperse on the PET regrind. So there is more contamination-free rPET to meet an ever-growing consumer demand.

CleanFlake Labels Are A Win-Win Deal For Everyone
There are many advantages to CleanFlake Avery Dennison labels, especially their benefits in rPET production:

  • rPET helps speed the transition from glass to plastic, reducing the dependence on foreign oil and chemicals.
  • It uses 84% less energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 71%.
  • Consumer brands also get a big boost, promoting their efforts to recover and recycle.

For printers, CleanFlake labels are a plug-and-play solution that works with all current printing techniques, giving the look and feel of conventional paper and film facestocks that consumers are already familiar with. These new eco-friendly labels can help marketers attract more shoppers to a particular product; knowing that they're doing good for the environment while helping to cement brand loyalty.

About Lightning Labels
Lightning Labels uses state-of-the-art printing technology to provide affordable, full-color custom labels and custom stickers of all shapes and sizes. From small orders for individuals to the bulk needs of big businesses, Lightning Labels is equipped to handle and fulfill custom label and sticker projects of all types. Best of all, like the name implies, Lightning Labels provides a quick turnaround for every customer's labeling 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 Biostone, a green label material made from stone paper is water resistant and inherently strong and durable. While operating as a high-tech printer, Lightning Labels prides itself on its personalized customer service. Lightning Labels provides one stop shopping for all of your custom label needs. For more information and to place orders online, visit For the latest in packaging news and labeling promotional offers, find Lightning Labels on Twitter (@LightningLabels), Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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