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Sustainable Paper Labels

Help protect forests by using sustainably sourced papers.

Paper is a great choice for plastic-free labels, but it's important to ensure that paper is sourced from well managed forests.

How are Paper Labels sustainable?

Well-managed Forests

The vast majority of the paper materials we purchase have certifications for being sustainably sourced.

Recyclable Materials

Paper is a recyclable material, and when paper labels are applied to other paper items they're typically recyclable.

Reducing use of plastics

Switch to sustainably sourced paper labels to reduce the use of plastic labels and ensure habitats remain protected.

Are Sustainable Papers the option for me?

Using paper is a great alternative to materials such as plastic for a wide variety of applications. But as more people switch to paper, it's important to ensure that the use of paper doesn't threaten forests or habitats.

We always try to source paper materials that are part of management and sourcing schemes. Examples of forest management schemes include the FSC and PEFC. Materials certified under schemes like these (e.g. FSC Mix) must use resources that are sustainably farmed and managed, while also protecting local environments, communities and economies.

If you're already using paper labels, then ensuring that you're using a material which has been sustainably sourced is a simple way to ensure that you're protecting the environment and prioritising sustainability.

Sometimes it can take a while to assess other newer or more innovative sustainable label materials options, so selecting a sustainable paper can be a great temporary solution for your labels.

Paper Labels and Recyclability

Paper labels are typically able to be recycled when they are attached to another larger paper item. Find out more by visiting our recyclable labels page ❯


Sustainable Paper Labels

Material Availability



Reuse and Recycling



Antique Paper

Recyclable attached to paper items
Sustainable sources

This high quality paper-based material is from sustainable sources and has a distinctive ridge texture, perfect for premium applications.

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

Available for both small and large orders

Sustainable FSC Antique Paper Labels
Sustainable FSC Antique Paper
Antique Paper

Biodegradable Natural-Look Paper

Sustainable sources
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

Matt Paper

with Wash-Off Adhesive

Wash-off recycling adhesive
Sustainable sources

This label material has a water soluble adhesive which reacts quickly when exposed to water, allowing for easy removal during recycling.

It's also great for use on reusable or returnable containers, allowing quick and easy washing compared to standard adhesives.

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

Available for both small and large orders

Matt Paper with Wash Off Recycling Adhesive
Wash off Paper Recyclable Labels for Takeaways
Matt Paper with Wash-Off Adhesive
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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 Paper 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.

Find the best label 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.

Submit a quotation request ❯
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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.

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 ❯

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