Biodegradable Labels

Reduce pollution and help to protect the environment.

Using plain biodegradable labels is a great way to reduce waste as it bypasses the challenges involved with label recycling.

How are Biodegradable Labels sustainable?

Sustainable Label Sourcing

Responsible materials

By decreasing consumption of wood-based paper, there will be less need to cut down trees and forests.

Reduced Label Consumption

Reducing waste and pollution

By reusing waste products from other manufacturing processes, overall consumption is decreased.

Are Biodegradable Labels the best option?

With more awareness of plastic pollution and environmental damage, there has understandably been a surge in demand for biodegradable labels. But are biodegradable labels actually the most sustainable option?

It depends on what your labels are being used for, but in most cases there are likely to be other better options for the environment, particularly ones which enable recycling, or reuse materials in order to protect resources. With so many sustainable options to pick from, we encourage you to review the full range range of options available ❯


Labels that prioritise biodegradability are admitting that they will be used or disposed of in a way which prevents any form of reuse. So while this may be a reasonable approach for stickers such as plain packaging seals, it is less so far large packaging stickers that would have already taken considerable amounts of energy and resources to produce.

Is the label adhesive biodegradable?

All the label materials listed on this page have a specialist label adhesive which is biodegradable, meaning that both the face material and adhesive is biodegradable.

Ink used for printing is not certified as biodegradable

There aren't any certified biodegradable printing inks that are also compatible with industrial label production or digital printing. This means that printed labels using biodegradable materials will be approximately 95% biodegradable by weight.*


Biodegradable Labels

Material Availability



Reuse and Recycling



Biodegradable Labels

Biodegradable Sugar Cane Paper

95% Sugar Cane Fibre

This label material uses sugar cane fibres instead of standard wood fibres. 95% of the material is sugar cane fibre, with the remaining 5% made of hemp and linen.


This unprinted label face material and its adhesive are biodegradable and compostable.

Find out if this is the best label option for you ❯

Expensive material

Biodegradable Sugar Cane Paper Label Material

Biodegradable and Compostable Semi-Gloss Paper

Sustainably sourced paper

Standard semi-gloss paper using sustainably sourced fibres, this material is compatible with many applications, including thermal transfer.

This unprinted label face material and its adhesive are biodegradable and compostable.

Find out if this is the best label option for you ❯

Available for both small and large orders

Biodegradable and Compostable Semi-Gloss Paper Labels

Biodegradable Natural-Look Paper

Sustainably sourced paper
No bleaching

This paper is unbleached and uncoated, making it perfect for premium, natural and sustainable use-cases. The pulp is from sustainable sources.

Find out if this is the best label option for you ❯

Available for both small and large orders

Biodegradable Natural Look Paper Labels

Biodegradable Transfer Printing Paper

Sustainably sourced paper

Specifically designed for optimal transfer printing, this material is made from sustainably sourced fibres.

Find out if this is the best label option for you ❯

Available for both small and large orders

Biodegradable Transfer Printing Paper Labels
Biodegradable and Compostable Semi-Gloss Paper Labels
Biodegradable and Compostable Semi-Gloss Paper (non-biodegradable/compostable ink)

Biodegradable Gloss Clear Film


Perfect for use as a packaging seal or security feature, this material meets the technical standard EN 13432 which means that it is both biodegradable and compostable.

Find out if this is the best label option for you ❯

Available for both small and large orders

Biodegradable Gloss Clear Film
Biodegradable Label Options
More from Crown Labels

How can stickers be sustainable? There are a wide range of strategies to pick from.

Sustainability is more than a material choice

Materials are a key part of any sustainable label, but there's a lot more to consider when ensuring that your labels are as sustainable as possible.

From production processes, tooling and print plates, to delivery options and label durability, there's a wide range of considerations. You'll likely need to compromise on some goals, or be willing to make a trade-off.

We want to ensure that your labels really are as sustainable as possible in all aspects, and are always working to expand our range of initiatives.

No waste sent to landfill

We don't send any waste to landfill. Instead it's collected and scent for processing at an energy recovery facility to help provide heat and power for homes in Sheffield, Yorkshire.

No Landfill Waste

Paper packing and less plastic

Our phase-out of polystyrene void filler was completed last year, replaced with paper. We're also taking steps to reduce plastic, and you can request a plastic-free delivery for your order.

Paper Packaging

Ink cartridge recycling

All of the industrial ink cartridges used in our Epson Digital Press are returned to Epson for recycling. This helps to reduce waste, and contributes to efforts to build a circular economy.

Cartridge Recycling

Sustainable Biodegradable Labels

Here's what to do next:

Sustainable Label Materials
Browse our full range of options

See the wide range of options available for your sustainable labels and find the one that's most compatible with your goals. Read our tips to help you assess each option and its potential limitations.

Crown Labels Support
Find the best sustainable option

It can be challenging to find the best sustainable label option for your specific use case, so we made a tool to help. Simply answer a few questions, and get shown the best label option for you.

Custom Label Quotation
Request a bespoke quotation

If you've found the sustainable option for you, and have an idea of other details for your order such as label size and quantities required, then get in touch with our team for a free bespoke quotation.

Crown Labels Mail Icon
Not quite ready? Stay in touch!

Sometimes it's best to take time to review the different options available. Stay in touch with us via email to get the latest sustainable label news, plus tips and inspiration for your labels.

*General approximation, actual figure will vary based on your specific label design and ink coverage. Refers to label only, does not include release liner or packaging.

All material supplies are subject to availability and production testing. Provided specifications are based on information from the original material manufacturer and are subject to change without notice. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only and not guaranteed to be representative due to the nature of the product and production processes. Biodegradable adhesives meet DIN EN 13432 biodegradability and compostability regulation. For further information about specifications and availability please contact our team ❯