New Eco Friendly Labels from Zebra Technologies
Posted on 09 March 2010
Zebra Technologies introduce new Eco Friendly material to their range of Zebra Labels.Reducing our impact on the environment is important to us all. Many organisations have developed environmental sustainability plans that include purchasing more environmentally friendly products. In support of these initiatives, Zebra has added eco-friendly thermal transfer labels to its line of materials.
Zebra’s index.htm eco-friendly labels contain post-consumer waste (PCW) and have brown kraft liners. Products that contain PCW are manufactured using recycled materials—in this case, paper. By using post-consumer content, paper waste is diverted from landfills, protecting forests due to the reduction in the need for virgin fibers. By also using an unbleached kraft liner, no harsh chemicals are used and the production requires less energy.
Zebra’s Supplies R&D Team tested most commercially available thermal transfer materials, including more exotic materials like those manufactured from bamboo and corn. However, many of the products do not meet our print quality standards. Therefore, by choosing one of Zebra’s ecofriendly materials, you are assured to find a product that meets the high Zebra standards.
Our line of eco-friendly materials includes:
• 8000T PCW30—Thermal transfer, coated, white paper label that contains 30 percent PCW and features a permanent, acrylic-based, environmentally benign, recycling-compatible adhesive (EBA/RCA).
• 8000T PCW30 High Tack—Thermal transfer, semi-gloss, coated, white paper label that contains 30 percent PCW and features a high-tack rubber-based adhesive.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
• the United States consumes about 85 million tons of paper and paperboard a year.
• producing recycled paper products causes 74 percent less air pollution and 35 percent less water pollution than products produced from nonrecycled sources.
• recycling one ton of paper can save 7,000 gallons of water and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. Organizations utilizing 1,000 4×6″ shipping labels per day can reduce their annual impact on the environment as listed below* by switching to labels that contain 30 percent PCW.
• Total Energy: 32 million BTUs
• Greenhouse Gases: 4,829 lbs CO2 equiv.
• Wastewater: 14,813 gallons
• Solid Waste: 1,851 pounds