Biodegradable Paper Stickers: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

We’re going to talk about our favorite sustainable sticker option: biodegradable paper stickers. What they’re made from, the environmental impact, and much more. If you’re interested in biodegradable paper stickers, read on to learn all you need to know about them.

What are biodegradable paper stickers made from?

Paper is mostly made from wood, taken from trees. The paper we use for biodegradable paper stickers is made primarily from sugarcane (95%) with a little hemp & linen (5%). Different manufacturers will use different inks to print biodegradable paper stickers, but Sticker it uses a UV cured ink that saves energy & contains fewer solvents compared to alternative inks. The inks we use have a GREENGUARD Gold Certification.

What is sugarcane?

Sugarcane is a species of grass, used for making about 70% of the world’s sugar. Sugar leaves a byproduct called bagasse when being processed, which is a fibrous residue that remains after sugarcane stalks are crushed when extracting the sugar.

From this, bagasse can be made into a paper that is suitable for printing by mixing it with a bit of hemp & linen.


From this, bagasse can be made into a paper that is suitable for printing by mixing it with a bit of hemp & linen.

The lifecycle of biodegradable paper stickers

To help you understand the complete life-cycle of biodegradable paper stickers we’ve produced this infographic. Enjoy!

The lifecycle of a biodegradable paper sticker

Is sugarcane eco-friendly?

This is a complicated question to answer.

The short answer is yes. It’s much more environmentally friendly than paper from wood.

Here is the longer answer…

Sugarcane is a water-intensive crop that is fast-growing. Therefore, managing social and environmental risks are important to sustainability. Bagasse, the byproduct paper is made from, can be wasted or burnt for electricity production. This makes the biodegradable paper much more environmentally friendly than a wood alternative.

We refer to this as a reclaimed resource. This means fewer trees are needed, and we have reclaimed waste that would otherwise be burned or put in a landfill. Forests around the world are being lost, so it is important to find alternative materials.

Using bagasse, you can continue to use quality disposable products, knowing you’re choosing a product made from a sustainable resource.

The best news?

When your customers are finished with your stickers, you can put it all in the compost instead of the landfill.

Pros and cons of sugarcane paper material


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Biodegradable
  • Put it in the compost
  • Vegan
  • Beautiful, matte white finish
  • Low cost


  • Splash proof
  • Indoor use
  • Less tear resistant than plastic
  • Matte finish only

      Typical uses of these stickers

      Here’s an image showing how biodegradable paper stickers are used:

      Biodegradable paper label stuck to product packaging

      What do biodegradable paper stickers cost?

      Size Quantity Biodegradable paper cost Plastic sticker cost
      1.5"x1.5" 100 55ct 53ct
      1.5"x1.5" 500 23ct 22ct
      1.5"x1.5" 2000 12ct 12ct


      On average the biodegradable paper sticker costs under than 20% more. A great option to help save our planet.

      Backing paper – the problems

      The backing paper, also known as a release liner, is a paper that is silicone coated.

      This paper is the layer you peel your sticker off. The silicone allows you to peel your sticker easily so it’s quick to apply. Here’s an image to help show you what we mean:

      A sticker with the backing paper peeling away from it

      Nearly every sticker in the world uses this silicone-coated paper. The problem is that this is not easy to recycle.

      It is possible, but it’s much harder because the silicone needs to be removed from the paper. The industry is working hard on solutions as we speak. This is of course not ideal when it comes to finding the most environmentally friendly option. The paper sticker & adhesive are, however, eco-friendly and we’re working hard on finding solutions to silicone backing-paper.

      If you have any questions or want to tell us about how you use biodegradable paper stickers, please leave a comment below. If you are curious about other sustainable sticker options, check out our article on environmentally friendly stickers.

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