18 Dezember 2006

First completely biodegradable label launched

BIOTAK.jpgBerkshire Labels Ltd is proud to introduce BioTAK, the UK’s first 100% biodegradable self adhesive label made from renewable and replenishable resources, incorporating a completely biodegradable adhesive and face material.

We are currently working towards gaining EN13432:2000 accreditation for the BioTAK range, the European Composting and Biodegradable Packaging Standard by October 2006. Up until this new adhesive technology other “biodegradable” labels in the marketplace have only been able to use a lower coat weight of standard adhesive which will of course not biodegrade.

Berkshire Labels Ltd started its research for a completely biodegradable self adhesive label back in 2001, recognising the need to start providing environmentally friendly alternatives within the packaging industry. Currently half of all household waste which ends up in landfill accounts from a purchase from a retailer or a convenience store.

BioTAK has been launched with 4 face materials, a White Semi Gloss Paper and a Brown Kraft Paper, both of which are sourced from Forestry Management Principles and suitable for home and industrial composting.

Also 2 clear films, Natureflex, a cellulose wood pulp, suitable for home and industrial composting and a PLA, a biodegradable polymer derived from corn, suitable for industrial composting, an ideal solution as an accompaniment to PLA bottles, films and trays.

The biodegradable adhesive we have produced is a permanent adhesive and although not suitable for all product areas has performed extremely well in many different environments including chilled, dairy and the toiletries sector. We will be looking to expand the BioTAK range to incorporate additional face materials and fit for purpose adhesives in the near future.

With new packaging waste regulations introduced and retailers becoming ever more environmentally conscious, Biotak has understandably generated much interest from the industry. We will be looking to launch this biodegradable range exclusively with select companies in the near future.

For more information on BioTAK, the UK’s first 100% biodegradable self adhesive label made from renewable and replenishable resources, incorporating a completely biodegradable adhesive and face material, please contact Debbie Lamond on 01488 683628.

Berkshire Labels are also members of The Composting Association who promote the sustainable management of biodegradable resources. To find out more about them visit www.compost.org.uk.

Source: Berkshirelabels Dec. 2006.

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