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UPM Raflatac at Emballage: Safe and sustainable solutions for food and personal care labelling

UPM Raflatac’s Label Experts are present on stand 6 G 131 at the Emballage packaging exhibition in Paris from 17 to 20 November, introducing safe and sustainable solutions for labelling food and personal care products.

Labels and regulation in the food packaging chain

Under the EU 10/2011 regulation on packaging materials containing plastic and in contact with food, each company in the packaging value chain is responsible for forwarding documentation related to the safety of their products. Label end-users and brand owners in the food industry have the final responsibility to check for compliance, and labels are now classified as part of any plastic packaging and wrapping.

UPM Raflatac supplies a wide range of labelstock products in combination with adhesives formulated for food safety and tested to comply with regulation permissions and limits. High quality Declarations of Conformity are available for quick and convenient distribution – significantly reducing the risk of product recalls and providing valuable safeguards for brand reputation.

Do you know the environmental performance of your labels?

UPM Raflatac is also showcasing the Label Life tool, which calculates and compares the environmental impacts of label materials and different recycling options. Calculations are based on the most comprehensive lifecycle assessment (LCA) study in the industry, which collects raw material and energy inputs from the labelling value chain, and converts them into outputs in terms of emissions to air, water, land and waste.

UPM Raflatac’s LCA model is based on the international ISO 14040/44 standard for systematic analysis of environmental impacts. Label Life provides credible information for comparing the environmental performance of self-adhesive labels, consistent with the methodology used by large brand owners to evaluate their own environmental impacts.

Solutions for recycling labelstock by-products throughout the packaging value chain

Treatment at the end of life is one of the hotspots determining the environmental performance of self-adhesive label materials. UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle® waste management concept offers solutions for the closed-loop recycling of paper labelstock liners, the re-use of label manufacturing residuals for UPM ProFi® composite materials, and energy recovery at UPM’s paper mills. By providing alternatives to landfilling and the associated costs, RafCycle offers label converters, packers and brand owners opportunities to manage their businesses more sustainably, efficiently and profitably.