Making the world greener one label at a time

When it comes to reducing carbon emissions, every detail counts.

When it comes to reducing carbon emissions, every detail counts. From unplugging cell phone chargers to remembering to turn off lights, minor adjustments to your everyday routine diminish energy consumption quickly. When a company mandates that its employees shut off their computers everyday, that dramatically reduces their carbon footprint. So, if the entire industry of suppliers and manufacturers changed this one small habit, the impact could be enormous.

In that vein, Sato, a Japanese labeling solutions company, is attempting to change the industry one label at a time. When items tagged with labels such as radio-frequency identifications (RFIDs) are incinerated, they release carbon dioxide. Sato's new line of labels, named Econano, is designed specifically to reduce the amount of carbon emissions these labels produce when they're destroyed.

"Reducing carbon emissions is a challenge for all businesses today," Etsuo Fujii, president of Sato, said in a statement. "But, the cutting-edge technology Sato employs in its Econano series labels offers our customers a helping-hand in achieving their environmental targets, and provides them with solutions beneficial to all levels of consumer goods product identification and supply chain labeling."

The adhesive on the Econano labels is made with a carbon dioxide absorbent additive that reduces the amount of emissions produced by the labels by more than 20 percent compared to other labels, according Sato's website.

If 1 million standard labels were replaced by Econano labels over the course of a year, the amount of eliminated carbon emissions would equal the sum of the similar gases that are released by incinerating 4,814 plastic bags, according to the site.

This isn't the first of Sato's environmentally friendly products though. The company's Nonsepa linerless labels were made with less material to reduce the amount of carbon-emitting substance that gets burned. Sato's website says that combining the Nonsepa labels with the Econano absorbent adhesive could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by roughly 50 percent over conventional labels.

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