While recycling and trade-in programs can reduce the prevalence of e-waste, there are more ways to reduce costs and environmental impacts. Accounting for less than 10% of your operation’s total expenses, enterprise labels can still contribute to warehouse waste over time. Paper waste accounts for 85,000,000 tons of waste filling landfills per year, and product packaging tends to lead the way in most disposed paper products. Although reducing paper waste may require more effort than label optimization, your consumables are still a good place to start when creating a sustainable warehouse.
As a Zebra Premier Solutions Partner, Avalon works alongside a committed team to provide future-forward sustainability solutions, which is why we’re exploring the leading ways businesses are minimizing waste down to the smallest details.
Which Labels Should You Be Considering?
Although you can still customize a label to fit your sustainability efforts with Avalon’s labeling experts, there are a few ready-to-ship alternatives available as well, such as:
- Z-Perform 1000D PF Label – Phenol-engineered labels usually find their way into bodies of water where they do not readily dissolve. To protect label resilience without in an eco-friendly way, 1000D PF labels are made with Vitamin C coating, minimizing the impact on aquatic environments.
- 8000D Dissolvable Label – The 8000D Dissolvable label takes sustainability a step farther as its face stock and adhesive readily dissolves under running water, further reducing waste and pollutants
- 8000D Linerless Label – Due to its silicon release top-coat, Zebra’s Linerless labels eliminate the need for a liner. Labels can be peeled away from the roll and applied directly to inventory without additional waste.
- PolyE 4000D Label – Working alongside polyethylene bubble mailers, this label can enable easy recycling to lower the amount of packaging that hits landfills.
- Stora Enso ECO Bumper Inlay – This eco-friendly inlay replaces PET film, which takes longer to decompose, with paper to retain flexibility and thinness. The result is a recyclable inlay fit for even the most rugged applications.
For more information on how these labels can empower your sustainable warehouse, download our fact sheet.
When developing an end-to-end sustainability plan, even the smaller details matter. To see how you can go beyond minimized label waste, contact our team for a free assessment of your workflow to pinpoint hidden optimization areas.