Sustainability in Pressure Sensitive Label Printing: Where we are now and our future vision

David RossEco Friendly, Label Solutions

In today’s business world, sustainability isn’t just an option; it’s a driving force shaping the future. At Xpress Labels Limited, headquartered in Aylesbury, sustainability isn’t just a part of our mission; it’s intertwined in our company’s DNA. Through our pressure-sensitive label printing, we strive to be not just industry leaders but champions of environmental responsibility.

Xpress Labels’ Commitment to Green Initiatives

We believe that sustainability is as important as quality, service, and price, but we also believe that it’s important to be honest with our customers. We’re not perfect, but we’re committed to making progress. Here are some of the things we’re doing to be more sustainable:

Electric Mobility: All of our company cars are electric, reflecting our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint.

Zero Waste Vision: Since 2016, we’ve sent all our production material waste for recycling. This waste is processed into fuel blocks, which are further used in the manufacturing of concrete. This means we have effectively achieved zero waste to landfill.

Certified Practises: Xpress Labels is proud to be FSC certified, emphasising our commitment to responsible forestry and sourcing.

Material Shift: Where commercially viable, we are proactively transitioning our customers to more sustainable materials, ensuring quality without compromising on environmental values.

Water Wash Plate Making: Using water washable printing plates, which combine quality, speed, and precision in one high-performance sustainable flexo plate, eliminates the need for harmful VOC solvent washout in the platemaking process.

Understanding the Need for Green Labels

Conventional pressure-sensitive labels, although practical, can have significant environmental repercussions:

  • Raw material sourcing might strain natural resources.
  • Energy-intensive manufacturing contributes to an increased carbon footprint.
  • Disposal of many labels often leads to environmental degradation through landfill waste.

In the rapidly changing marketplace, brands must recognise the need for sustainable practises, not just to meet regulations but also to resonate with increasingly eco-aware consumers.

Innovating for Tomorrow

The pressure-sensitive label printing industry is a hub of innovation. Xpress Labels stands at the forefront of:

  • Material Advancement: We are pioneering the use of biodegradable and recycled content materials in our label products.
  • Optimised Processes: By embracing energy-efficient printing and removing detrimental chemicals, we’re sculpting a new industry standard.
  • Waste Management: We’re strong advocates for innovations like linerless labels and staunch recycling initiatives.

The Benefits of Going Green

For Xpress Labels, sustainability is both a duty and a strategic decision:

  • Elevated Brand Perception: Our sustainable labels not only resonate with consumers but also enhance our brand’s trustworthiness.
  • Operational Profits: Green initiatives often lead to long-term savings, reinforcing the idea that environmental consciousness can be economically rewarding.
  • Regulatory Preparedness: By being sustainability pioneers, we’re well-equipped to adapt to evolving global regulatory landscapes.

Carving the Path Forward

Like Xpress, many in our industry are already showcasing the transformative power of green initiatives. From transitioning to water-based plate making to adopting UV-LED curing processes and integrating renewable materials, the benefits are twofold: reduced environmental impact and operational enhancements.

Our Sustainable Vision is more than an invitation; it’s a commitment to a continuous journey of sustainability. Rather than seeing sustainability as a mere destination, we view it as an ongoing process. This involves recognising our current practises, identifying areas for improvement, partnering with like-minded suppliers and experts to cultivate green alliances, and setting tangible goals with regular evaluations for sustainability.

With our firm belief in sustainability in the pressure-sensitive label printing sector, we at Xpress Labels are not just crafting labels; we’re envisioning and creating a brighter, eco-friendly future. Join us in this crucial mission.

We know that we can always do more, but we’re proud of the progress we’ve made so far. We’re committed to being transparent with our customers about our sustainability efforts, and we’re excited to continue making progress in the future.