Reusable
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Labeling Solutions

Reusable Packaging
Reusable Packaging

Labeling engineered to survive years of harsh environments and abuse for logistics and supply chain reusable packaging.

Labeling engineered to survive years of harsh environments and abuse for logistics and supply chain reusable packaging.

reusable packaging labeling

Labels for Reusable Plastic Containers, Crates, Totes & Pallets

Reusable plastic containers, crates, totes, and pallets are all products within reusable packaging contributing to the circular and sustainable economy of logistics and supply chain.

Most reusable containers, crates, totes, or pallets are made from high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE). This plastic is chosen specifically for its superior performance including puncture resistance, chemical resistance during sanitization or pressure washing procedures, and long service life.

Why Other Methods Fail

However, the performance properties that make HDPE such a versatile material for reusable packaging also make it problematic for common “adhesion-based” labeling methods (pressure-sensitive adhesive, in-mold, hot stamp foil, heat transfer, silkscreen, pad printing, and more) that are intended to be on the product for life use.

Labels for Reusable Crates

Reusable plastic crates are used across the world to store and transport a huge range of items. These crates can be used in the food industry, for example, for packaging and transporting food between production facilities and distribution centers. They can also be used for transporting countless other goods, and they’re often made from polyolefin plastics, like high-density polyethylene plastic, or HDPE. There are lots of advantages to working with HDPE, like its strength, reliability, and cost-effective nature. However, there are also some downsides to working with HDPE and other polyolefin plastics, such as the fact that they’re hard to attach labels to.

Polyolefin plastics are often described as “stick-resistant”, which makes it hard for manufacturers to put traditional crate labels and stickers onto these products. Regular sticky produce crate labels may not fully adhere to the HDPE plastic used in reusable crates. The stickers may peel away in a matter of days or weeks, and they struggle to cope under difficult conditions, like regular exposure to UV light and changing temperatures. Such outdated crate label variants are simply outdated and no longer suitable for widespread use. Polyfuze polymer fusion crate labels are the ideal alternative.

Designed specifically for use on polyolefin plastics, like the HDPE used in reusable crates, Polyfuze’s polymer labels can actually bind with the crates themselves, becoming part of their structure. Thanks to this, our crate labels are impossible to pull away, peel off, or separate from the rest of the crate. They’re strong, long-lasting, and tough enough to cope with all of the ever-changing conditions throughout the supply chain. What’s more, polymer crate labels from Polyfuze are also highly sustainable and recyclable, allowing companies that use reusable crates to cut down on their emissions and waste generation to make a real difference in the natural world.

Labels for Lid Nestable Totes

Permanent polymer fusion plastic labeling is the perfect solution for lid nestable totes. This type of labeling involves a unique technology of bonding the label to the plastic surface of the plastic tote using a polymer fusion process. This creates a permanent bond between the label and the lid nestable tote, ensuring that the label stays in place and remains legible even when the tote is nested with others. The advantages of this labeling solution include durability, resistance to wear and tear, and the ability to withstand harsh environments.

At Polyfuze, we make use of advanced polymer fusion technology to create the strongest labels around, and our technology is able to create permanent polyolefin labels. By combining polymers together through fusion techniques, we can essentially fuse each label with the product it’s intended for, creating a strong and unbreakable bond and ensuring that all tote labels stay in place for the long haul. Even harsh conditions, exposure to chemicals, or regular use won’t damage or degrade these labels, so you can count on them to last for years of use, perfect for nestable totes.

Labels for Reusable Pallets

Across the world, industries are trying to find ways to cut down on single-use packaging products and opt for reusable packaging instead, like reusable pallets. Ideal for a wide range of sectors and industries, from warehouses to grocery stores, reusable pallets allow large and heavy items to be stacked up neatly and conveniently. They’re ideal for use when transporting items from place to place, as well as for long-term storage or even for displays inside a store or retail environment. And a lot of the world’s reusable pallets are being made from polyolefin plastics, like HDPE and PP, which are famed for their versatility and cost-effectiveness.

There are many advantages to working with polyolefin plastics for reusable pallets. For example, these plastics are hard-wearing, yet affordable to make. However, one of the downsides that most manufacturers encounter is that it can be hard to attach a pallet label to a reusable pallet made of HDPE or similar thermoplastics. This is because many of these plastics are stick-resistant, making it hard for regular adhesive pallet labels to stick onto them. In fact, most traditional pallet tags simply fall off or fade away over time as they’re exposed to different temperatures, cleaning products, and conditions.

So, what can be done to improve pallet labeling systems? Polyfuze has the answer. Polyfuze’s own polymer fusion technology offers a new method of pallet labeling. We use low-surface plastic polymers to actually fuse the label with the pallet itself. This means that our warehouse pallet labels become part of the overall structure of each pallet, so they can’t be removed, peeled off, or taken away. They won’t fade in UV light, nor will they break down over time as the pallets are used or cleaned. These pallet labels can go the distance, and they’re made in a safe and sustainable way, perfect for any modern business.

Labels for Reusable Containers

Reusable packaging is becoming increasingly important in today’s world. Traditional, single-use packaging products like boxes, bags, and other containers lack efficiency and produce a lot of waste. This, in turn, contributes to climate change and other issues affecting the environment, and many businesses and industries at large are looking for alternative methods and investing in reusable packaging products, like reusable pallets, reusable boxes, and reusable containers. These kinds of items can be used for storing all sorts of goods, as well as for safe and convenient transportation of products from place to place.

A lot of modern reusable containers are made from a variety of thermoplastics known as polyolefin plastics. Examples of these plastics include polypropylene and HDPE. Such plastics are cost-effective, easy to make, simple to mold into various shapes and sizes, and highly efficient. They have a lot of advantages, but one of the issues with polyolefin plastics is that it can be hard to attach labels to them. This makes it difficult to put container labels on reusable containers made from HDPE, for example. This can cause a lot of problems for engineers and manufacturers of containers.

It’s important to use labels for plastic containers. Each container label can provide valuable and important information about the size and weight limits of each container, making the container easier to use. However, traditional sticky labels for containers simply don’t work on today’s plastics. They peel away with ease, fade in the sun, or wear away over time as they’re exposed to different products, chemicals, and conditions. In other words, these kinds of storage container labels simply are not fit for purpose and cannot be relied upon for long-term use. This has led to many companies looking for alternative container labeling methods.
Polyfuze can provide the perfect reusable labels for plastic containers that any company needs. Making use of polymer fusion labeling technology, Polyfuze produces advanced polymer labels that are the only labeling solution that actually works on polyolefin plastics. Our labels are able to fuse directly with the plastic containers, becoming part of their structure and preserving their visibility and effectiveness for years of use, rather than fading in time or peeling away like adhesive labels. What’s more, the use of Polyfuze labels also helps to cut down on scrap and waste, while boosting production yields and reducing material costs for companies.

Polymer Fusion
Labeling Technology
For Reusable
Packaging

Polymer Fusion is the science of merging two separate low surface energy plastic polymers together (polyolefin label + polyolefin component) utilizing melting point, time, and pressure, which produces a singular piece of plastic without the use of adhesives, tie-layers, bonding agents, or secondary surface treatments.

The result is permanent labeling for Reusable Crates, Totes, Containers, RTI’s (Returnable Transit Items), Pallets and Dunnage, Recycling Containers, and other Reusable Packaging that cannot be lifted, separated, or removed for the life-use of reusable packaging, an industry that requires anything from track/traceable labeling to anti-counterfeit/authentication, warning and safety, and even branding.

Where adhesion and other labeling methods continue to fail and  create problems costing time and money, Polymer Fusion Labels were engineered specifically for 100% compatibility and 100% recyclability with all polyolefin thermoplastics. They have been proven to exceed performance and durability standards no matter the use or environment reusable packaging may be exposed to.

Polymer Fusion Labels
Reusable Packaging Performance

Performance Attributes

  • Fully compatible with low surface energy polyolefin thermoplastics (no substrates, inks, or adhesives are used)
  • Impervious to extreme environments, temperatures, chemicals, solvents, fuels, oils, and sanitation for expected life use of products.
  • Polymer fusion labels meld at a molecular level to low surface energy polyolefin thermoplastics used in reusable packaging.
  • Hygienic, flush polymer fusion finish. No topical, layered edges, no adhesive residues, meaning no place for microbes to harbor and thrive.

Applications

  • Recycling Services
  • Labels for Reusable Crates
  • Labels for Reusable Totes &
  • Containers
  • Labels for Reusable Pallets
Polyfuze Test Data Report for Reusable Packaging
Reusable Packaging Application

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