Still using traditional vinyl labels & shelf talkers?
Many grocery retailers are still using traditional vinyl shelf talkers and labels that are intended to be displayed temporarily. Traditional vinyl labels and shelf talkers are produced from Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) resin. Basically, the same material swimming pool liners and shower curtains are made from. According to Plastics Smart Guide, PVC is one of the least recyclable plastic due to additives. Potentially harmful substances are also created by its disposal. This single-use plastic is 100% petroleum based and can remain in landfills from 450 up to 1,000 years.
Each week supermarkets consistently print thousands of shelf talkers for weekly sale items and/or new labels. With nearly 38,000 supermarkets in the US alone, carrying an average of over 30,000 items per store this amounts to A LOT of plastic waste!
Make the Sustainable Switch. Ditch the Vinyl!
By switching to Eco-friendly Composite Material labels and/or shelf talkers retailers can now reduce their plastic waste without sacrificing the quality or convenience of having a water-resistant adhesive talker or label. Composite Material is made from 80 percent biodegradable and renewable resources by weight. Making it a much more environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to traditional vinyl adhesives. Composite Material is primarily paper-based with a light plastic lining allowing it to look, feel, and work just like vinyl, only short-term. Because it decomposes in as few as 5 years, it enables retailers to help reduce the amount of plastic left on the planet by up to 995 years, and the amount of plastic they use and dispose of by up to 80 percent!
Make a commitment to End Plastic Pollution
A whopping 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year literally creating plastic garbage islands! This is a BIG problem. Thankfully, thousands of individuals and hundreds of companies around the world, both large and small, are starting to take notice of this growing problem and have decided to make changes. My personal commitment is to stop using plastic drinking straws and cutlery and to use reusable shopping bags when possible. These are small reductions in the overall plastic problem. But, even the smallest commitment can make a big difference.
If you would like to reduce your companies carbon footprint and cut your plastic consumption, switching to Eco-Friendly Vinyl Alternative Composite labels and shelf talkers is a great place to start. Join the growing group of retailers that are committed to being good stewards to our planet. Make a pledge to reduce your use of plastic and join the campaign to End Plastic Pollution today.