Avery Dennison expands sustainable packaging options

AVERY Dennison has announced it has achieved OK Compost certification for a BPA-free and FSC-certified thermal label material combined with the new adhesive SX6030.

The new material is said to address a ‘significant shortfall’ in supply for compostable thermal materials.

Development engineer Jennifer Bijkerk said, “Demand for sustainable thermal labels is huge, including compostable labels, and the European EN13432 standard imposes extremely strict requirements before ‘OK Compost’ certification can be awarded by TUV Austria. This new material, under product reference BW099 (Thermal Eco BPA Free FSC SX6030-BG40WH FSC) uses a new facestock/adhesive combination to ensure a robust and practical material that needs no special storage conditions and which has a normal shelf life. As composting standards are limited, the EN13432 is also to be accepted as compostability standard in many countries outside of Europe.”

Avery Dennison added that the main application for BW099 will be labelling of compostable food packaging and compostable plastic bags, particularly ‘last minute’ direct printed labels for fruit and vegetables that are weighed and packed by consumers in the supermarket.