The first label range to help brand owners meet the entire recycling challenge


All brand owners share a major sustainability challenge: packaging disposal. Certain packaging components have always been hard to recycle. Different packaging components cannot easily be separated into individual waste streams, and sometimes post-consumer packaging can be heavily contaminated, for example with food residues, so that it becomes unrecyclable. Avery Dennison labelling materials, in combination with biodegradable ink, allow all of the packaging to be composted – nature’s way of recycling.

The biodegradable & compostable label materials range from Avery Dennison means that label converters can finally help brand owners meet the recycling challenge in full. Biodegradable & compostable packaging allows dramatic reductions in waste going to landfill or incineration, ending landfill taxes and boosting brand credentials. These biodegradable materials are being adopted quickly: they were seen at a definitive 2012 sporting event and are already in widespread use at a Benelux retail chain.

Get the ‘OK Compost’ logo and display sustainability commitment directly to consumers

All adhesives, papers and films in the range are certified under EU directive EN13432. Sustainable sourcing is ensured by using FSC®-certified coated paper or bio-based filmic materials made from wood pulp or cornstarch. Range innovations include S9500, the first biodegradable adhesive with direct food contact approval for dry, non-fatty foods.

By offering materials that have an ‘OK Compost’ logo, converters can give brand owners a simple way to show their sustainability commitment to customers – by certifying their packaging – as well as new brand-building opportunities. Biodegradable packaging with the logo can be sent directly to municipal compost facilities, where taxes are lower than for landfill in many countries.

A wide choice of facestocks

Facestocks in the biodegradable portfolio include uncoated and coated papers; wine-range papers and biodegradable films made from renewable sources (PLA and NatureFlex). All are supplied with S9500 adhesive and BG40WH liner.

AT166 MC Primecoat FSC Standard coated paper, widely used for food and beverages
AM424 Transfer Vellum Standard uncoated paper product widely used for food and beverages (soon available FSC certified)
AM235 Natural Bois PEFC Specialty paper for wine & beverage and cosmetics
AV800 PLA White Biodegradable white film, widely used for food including direct contact with fruits and vegetables
AM581 NatureFlex White Biodegradable white film suitable for direct contact with fruits and vegetables
AV816 PLA Clear Biodegradable clear film suitable for direct contact with fruits and vegetables
AO293 NatureFlex Clear Biodegradable clear film product suitable for direct contact with fruits and vegetables
AO474 Thermal Eco L10 Thermal paper widely used for food applications, especially meat and cheese (soon available FSC certified)
NEW! Now certified for fast-track 3 weeks ‘OK compost’ certification of printed labels
AO473 Thermal Top S8 Thermal paper product widely used for food applications, especially for meat and cheese packaging


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