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‘Seamless’ separation with Sealed Air labels

United States – Plastics packaging company Sealed Air has unveiled an innovative new shrink sleeve label that is said to offer ‘seamless separation’ to aid recycling.

The new Cryovac LT-1 labels are made from a multi-layer, polymer-based film and allow 360-degree, form-fitting bottle coverage ‘while enhancing sustainability and performance’, Sealed Air notes.

The main feature is their density of only 0.95 g/cc, ensuring that the new labels easily separate and float from source PET bottles once they reach the recycling process. ‘This reduces contamination during recycling and enables greater bottle recycling efficiencies,’ the company adds. Scott Keefauver, marketing manager at Sealed

Air Packaging Solutions, comments: ‘Shrink label separation has emerged as one of the greatest challenges for PET recyclers, who battle accumulating waste as a result of high-density labels that sink and ultimately mix with PET bottle flakes.’

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