We’re going to talk about 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.
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 use a UV cured ink that saves energy & contains fewer solvents compared to alternative inks. The inks we use have a GREENGUARD Gold Certification
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.
We've produced this infographic to help you understand the complete life-cycle of biodegradable paper stickers. Enjoy!
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 is 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.
Put it in the compost
Beautiful, matte white finish
Less tear resistant than plastic
Matte finish only
As mentioned above, biodegradable paper stickers are not waterproof, but only splash-proof.
This means it can handle drops and splashes of water on the surface but should not be submerged in water for any amount of time, making these stickers not dishwasher safe or fit for prolonged outdoor use.
You will usually find that paper-based stickers are not waterproof, whereas vinyl-based stickers are. You can find a more comprehensive overview in our article "are all stickers and labels waterproof?"
Yes. The biodegradable paper material is made of sugarcane, hemp & a little linen. The material data sheet contains everything you need to know about this material.
We then print onto this material using low-energy, UV-cured inks, saving energy in production and removing the need for harsh solvents.
The ink also has a GREENGUARD Gold certification and is not made using animal products.
Here’s a gallery showing how biodegradable paper stickers are used:
Here are some costs comparing biodegradable to white plastic stickers:
|Size||Quantity||Biodegradable paper cost||Plastic sticker cost|
|4x4cm||100||55 cents||53 cents|
|4x4cm||500||23 cents||22 cents|
|4x4cm||2000||13 cents||12 cents|
On average the biodegradable paper sticker is less than 20% more. A great option to help save our planet.
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:
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 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.
Do you want to know more about our sustainable stickers? Then you can read our blog on how to get sustainable stickers that are environmentally friendly.