Bookings are now open for the third Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) virtual training course the Future of Sustainable Labelling, which will be held on July 21. The course trainer will be Dr Carol Kilcullen-Lawrence PhD, FAIP, CPP, who has nearly 30 years’ experience in the packaging industry, specifically in the field of labelling, holding various roles including technical, marketing and sustainability. All of industry is invited to attend no matter where you are located in the world.
How do you select the right type of label to suit the package to carry the product branding from the filling and labelling line, right through to the consumer, and then enable the package to be effectively recycled? Self-adhesive labelling is the most versatile method of product decoration, being innovative and eye catching for such a wide variety of packages. However, selecting the wrong label can cause major issues downstream when the package is sorted at a material recovery facility (MRF) for recycling. This training course is designed to give a comprehensive guide to navigate through the myriad of sustainable labelling options, combined with the PREP Design aspects that are key to selecting the right Australasian Recycling Label helping consumers keep package recyclability at the forefront.
The course will provide attendees with an understanding of the types of self-adhesive labels and their properties, which have been designed with specific selection criteria in mind, and are key to the selection of the right label. Permanent, removable, repositionable and wash-off adhesives, combined with the optimum chemical composition to comply with regulations for safe use on foods/pharmaceuticals, are among the considerations that must be made. Then, having selected the adhesive, how do you combine the adhesive and label face to achieve optimum performance?
To make the right selection requires answers to many complex questions, so the performance of the label is tailored to the specific conditions that the package must withstand. All of these questions will be discussed in detail together with case studies to illustrate the importance of considering all the key attributes of the product being labelled, including: Packaging substrate – cardboard, glass, rigid/flexible plastics; labelling and in-service temperature considerations; moisture or condensation whilst labelling; label printing method and the need for the addition of variable information or tamper-evident features.
Additional training courses in the series still to come include the New World of Plastics Technology: Polymers & Recycling (New Course) August 11th and Implementing the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines within your Business (New Course) September 1st.