If you’re interested in environmentally friendly stickers that won’t harm the planet, you’re in the right place. We’re going to show you 3 options that, between them, are suitable for nearly every application out there, giving you the confidence you can buy eco-friendly stickers that don’t harm the environment.

What are environmentally friendly stickers?

Environmentally friendly. Eco-friendly. Sustainable. What do they all mean?

The overriding principle is that they’re stickers that don’t cause harm to the environment. If it cannot be continued indefinitely, then it’s not sustainable.

Stickers are so often associated with plastic because historically, they have been made with plastic materials. However, with amazing advancements in materials technology, alternatives are available.

What is the difference between; biodegradable, compostable & recyclable?

You will see these terms used a lot when searching for stickers, so we want to make it clear what each of them means, and the differences you may find in the stickers.

To summarise, biodegradable & compostable stickers are made from plant materials, whereas recyclable stickers are made from plastic that can be recycled.

All sticker options we discuss on this page are both biodegradable and compostable, making them the most sustainable options.

What are the options?

We will discuss biodegradable & compostable stickers that use materials that are made from renewable sources. You can get plastic stickers that are recyclable, but we don’t discuss them here as we offer great plastic alternatives made from sustainably sourced wood pulp.

Here is an overview for your convenience:

StickerColourMade fromFinishDurabilityWaterproofBest feature
Biodegradable paperWhite95% sugarcaneMatte paper2 years indoorsX (splashproof)Strong white, matte finish
Eco-friendly whiteWhiteSustainable wood-pulpGloss plastic-like feel6 months outdoorsYDurable, great plastic sticker replacement
Eco-friendly whiteClearSustainable wood-pulpGloss plastic-like feel6 months outdoorsYSo clear, you’ll be amazed it’s made from wood pulp!

You can read about each of these materials in detail below.

Biodegradable paper stickers

Biodegradable paper stickers use a material made from 95% sugarcane fibres and 5% of hemp and linen. It looks & feels like a matte white paper. They’re 100% biodegradable and will decompose within months.

They’re also more durable than normal paper stickers. They are splashproof and can be used in the fridge & freezer and the moisture won’t affect them.

This biodegradable paper-like material is printed in full-colour with a UV-cured ink that has no solvent, which can release harmful gasses.

To find out more about this material, see the Biodegradable Paper Datasheet or check out the stickers here.

Eco-friendly stickers

Eco-friendly stickers are made from a sustainably sourced wood pulp that creates a white material with a gloss finish. It’s 100% compostable in both industrial and home environments and will break-down completely, in about 12 weeks. See a cool timelapse of it composting here.

This new ground-breaking material is a perfect sustainable option. It looks and feels like a plastic sticker but is amazingly environmentally friendly.

This also means they’re suitable for outdoor use, up to 6 months and are resistant to oils & grease.

Find out more by downloading the datasheet or check out the stickers here.

Eco-friendly clear stickers

These stickers are essentially the same as the stickers mentioned above, however, they are clear.

So transparent in fact, you’ll be amazed they’re made from wood pulp.

They are 100% compostable in home and industrial environments and are suitable for outdoor use for up to 6 months.

Find out more by downloading the datasheet or check out the stickers here.

The typical uses of each sticker

To help you compare what each of the options we’ve just described is used for, here are some of the typical uses of each:

Biodegradable paperEco-friendly (white)Eco-friendly (clear)
Recycled product packagingBiodegradable product packagingWindow stickers
Beverage bottlesPremium product labels, e.g. candlesGlass beverage bottle labels
Jars & other food productsLaptop stickersLaptop stickers
Address labellingPhone stickersPhone stickers
Food takeawayGeneral logo stickersLogo stickers

And here are some images to get your creative juices flowing…Rounded corner eco-friendly stickers applied to card deli cups

Circle eco-friendly clear sticker applied to a deli box on a stone slab

Rectangle eco-friendly stickers applied to paper packaging

Rectangle biodegradable paper stickers applied to deli box on a stone surface

Stickers applied to gin bottle on a wooden shelf

Die cut biodegradable paper stickers applied to card deli cups

die cut eco-friendly stickers applied to honey jars on a wooden block

Rectangle eco-friendly clear sticker applied to a glass candle jar on a wooden table

Rectangle biodegradable paper stickers applied to card deli cups

If you have any questions about the sustainability of stickers please leave a comment below.