“Being Eco” is the motto for many manufacturers today, and the brands that make the stickers are no exception. What does it mean - eco-friendly? The main principle is that the product does not harm the environment (ideally, neither during production, nor during use, nor after disposal).
So, today the ecological alternative to plastic/vinyl in the production of stickers is:
- Transparent and white. Almost 100% light-transmitting or thick and resistant even to oils, but at the same time they are made of ... wood! Moreover, such stickers are capable of composting not only in industrial conditions, but also at home, and can be used for up to 6 months outdoors and up to a year indoors. The surface is glossy and smooth, great for temporary navigation, for branding takeout/glass containers or as information signs in, say, seasonal cafes.
- As an alternative to vinyl, there are also such stickers that are able to "self-destruct" without harming the soil within a few months. They are made from sugar cane, and flax or hemp fiber (up to 5%) is used as a base. Visually, it is white matte paper, which is no less durable than its plastic counterparts. For printing, solvent-free UV ink is used, so it is a complete replacement for vinyl. What are they suitable for? For a laptop/phone, for address marking of parcels, craft packaging, handmade, etc.
Interesting fact: it is important to distinguish between biodegradable, compostable and recyclable material. In the first case, we are talking about the possibility of decomposition under the influence of microorganisms and bacteria. In the second - about natural destruction in the environment, and in the third - about products made from recyclable plastic. The first two options are made from plant materials, and their disposal can take place in either of these two ways.