Site Information

Blog

Eco-Friendly Produce Stickers

Posted on

compostable produce stickersThe fruit and vegetables in most grocery stores come with little stickers on them that have a numerical code identifying the produce for the cashier at the checkout counter.

This is quite useful for grocery store cashiers, but not so much for customers.

Not only are these produce stickers annoying for customers, but they are most often not recyclable or compostable. Even though the labels are tiny they’re found on almost every loose fruit or vegetable sold, which soon adds up to a lot of waste.

It may seem a little silly to go through the effort to grow natural, organic produce and then slap a non-recyclable plastic sticker on it!

There are other options for labeling fruit and vegetables. 

One option is “Natural Branding” by Laserfood. Instead of stickers, this approach requires physically branding the skin of the fruit or vegetables using a laser. While we love this idea and it is currently being trialed, the initial start-up costs of purchasing the laser machine may be daunting for small to mid-size producers. While the laser does not damage the product, it’s also not yet clear how customers feel about “tattooed” produce.

A better solution for this problem would be produce stickers made from compostable bioplastic!

Fruits and vegetables are already “packaged by nature” in their own protective peel. The peel is natural, biodegradable and can be put straight into the compost. By using compostable stickers, the produce sticker can be composted right along with your fruit or vegetable scraps, you don’t even need to peel them off first.

Our  PURE Labels bio-plastic and bio-poly labels are water, grease, and oil resistant, making them perfect for use as produce stickers. They are also certified compostable in accordance with ASTM D6400 and EN13432 (including the adhesive!). The Bio-Poly option is flexible, meaning it can wrap around tight corners and uneven surfaces - making it perfect for produce stickers.

Find Out More

We can also create custom compostable produce bags, and compostable labels in a variety of materials (including Direct Thermal) to use with the produce bags.

Call us +1.773.276.4554 to chat about your compostable packaging needs.

Related Posts:

Sustainable Plastic Packaging - A New Compostable Reality

Elevate Packaging Compostable Label Is Certified

Not all Eco-Friendly Labels are Created Equal

Not all Eco-Friendly Labels are Created Equal

Smart purchasing professionals understand one of the more difficult parts of selecting authentic eco-friendly packaging materials is the ability to determine the difference between a truly sustainable packaging solution and well-marketed seemingly sustainable packaging solution. Brand owners of eco-friendly, natural, organic, and otherwise sustainable businesses understand this. They know it’s important for their own brand [...]

Read More »


How to Choose the Best Eco-Friendly Labels For Your Brand

How do you choose the right sustainable adhesive label?  Which is better? Compostable labels, recycled labels, or recycle-compatible labels? Not long ago there were few green packaging choices, but thankfully now it seems there are many good options to consider. Having more options is wonderful but it can become confusing, especially when trying to figure out which [...]

Read More »


Elevate Packaging Compostable Label Is Certified

CHICAGO, February 23, 2017 -- Elevate Packaging, a leader in sustainable packaging and labels, and partner Bio4Life B.V., today announce the compostable certification of the PURE Labels™ sugarcane adhesive label product line made with BioTAK® adhesives.Richard Cohen, CEO and President of Elevate Packaging stated “This certification is for our clients. It firmly establishes 100% [...]

Read More »


​Elevate Packaging and Bio4Life Enter into Exclusive Distribution Agreement

CHICAGO, September 1, 2015 -- Elevate Packaging, a leading sustainable packaging and label technology company, today announced it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement for North America with Bio4Life for BioTAK® compostable adhesive products and PSA Labels under their brand name PURE Labels™. Under the terms of the agreement, Elevate Packaging is the exclusive North [...]

Read More »


Compostable, biodegradable, vegan labels introduced to NA market

PRESS RELEASE PURE Labels, the innovator of eco-friendly and sustainable adhesive labels, has introduced compostable and biodegradable adhesive labels made with a natural fiber facestock. PURE Labels is making its debut at any Labelexpo show at Labelexpo Americas 2016. These new sugarcane labels are 100 percent compostable and biodegradable, manufactured with tree-free nonGMO raw materials, and are compliant [...]

Read More »


Compostable Labels for Compostable Packaging

Is your packaging 100% Compostable? For a packaging system to be truly 100% compostable, compostable labels are required! It can be a challenge to find compostable labels, and a business's efforts at eco-friendly packaging could end up being contaminated by a conventional non-compostable label slapped right onto a BPI-certified compostable packaging, such as a clear PLA clamshell [...]

Read More »


The first label range to help brand owners meet the entire recycling and compost challenge

Every brand owner faces a major sustainability challenge: Packaging Recyclability. Since labels appear on a wide range of products, from produce stickers to pharmaceutical packaging, the adhesive label industry has historically been challenged with finding sustainable solutions. Different packaging components cannot easily be separated into individual waste streams, and sometimes post-consumer packaging can be heavily [...]

Read More »


Sustainable Plastic Packaging - A New Compostable Reality

The Petroleum-based Plastic Packaging Problem Sustainable, organic and natural brand owners have been searching for an alternative to plastic packaging for a long time. Flexible plastic bags used for food and beverage packaging make up two-thirds of the world’s plastic waste and they are often not recyclable. Flexible packaging (packages such as fresh organic produce, fair-trade [...]

Read More »


How Sustainable is it?

As environmental awareness grows, more and more consumers are calling for natural, sustainable, and eco-friendly products. Businesses and brands are taking notice. A number of consumer-focused companies are beginning to move towards using natural ingredients and implementing a more sustainable supply chain. With the influx of eco-friendly products into the market, it can sometimes be difficult [...]

Read More »