UPM Raflatac announces plans to introduce a full range of paper label products made with 100% recycled fibres designed for food, retail, and logistics labelling applications.

According to the company, the range includes the first commercially available Total Phenol Free thermal paper labels made with 100% recycled fibres. UPM Raflatac says that these labels are suitable for logistics and retail labelling applications, apparently contributing to the overall sustainability of the packaging.

The range is reportedly FSC certified, reducing pressure on forests without compromising on functionality, which the company claims is the same as labels made from virgin fibres.

Ville Pollari, director of the business segment VIP & prime at UPM Raflatac, comments: “The need to reduce waste and alleviate the pressure to virgin raw material sources is evident and increasing. One of the ways to achieve that is by recycled materials.

“We continue to lead the way in sustainable labelling as we introduce thermal paper labels with 100% recycled fibres to the market.

“Making the switch to these labels offers a host of sustainability benefits for both the brand owners and the environment.”

Last month, UPM Raflatac launched the RAFNXT+ range, the world’s first label material certified as a CarbonNeutral product by Natural Capital Partners. The company has also collaborated with Dow on a label film made of wood-based polyethylene – reportedly an industry first.