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It’s The First Day Of (Meteorological) Spring, So Here’s A Blog About Waterproof Labels (Ideal For All Those Spring Showers)

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Yes, today is both Saint David’s Day and the first day of Meteorological Spring, so we thought it was the perfect time to take a closer look at our range of WATERPROOF LABELS, which are ideal for any labelling application that might involve exposure to water.

All of the labels in our Waterproof Labels range are made with a waterproof adhesive and a waterproof synthetic face material; our range includes polyester labels, polyethylene labels, and polyolefin labels.

All of our waterproof labels will survive being exposed to or submerged in water – AND they’re all extremely tough and durable, which means that they’ll remain firmly in place and perfectly legible, even if you’re looking for long lasting tracking labels that need to survive in both indoor and outdoor conditions.

If you need to create waterproof PRINTED labels, you will need to use a laser printer. This is because laser printers use a dry printing process to bond a dry powder (toner) into place using heat and/or pressure – this produces waterproof print.

Inkjet printers, meanwhile, disperse inks onto a surface where they dry in place to form a printed image – the problem with this printing method is that the inks used in inkjet printers tend to be water-based, which means that the print will smudge and/or run if it get wets. It IS possible to buy inks that are not water-based (and/or have been specially treated to make them waterproof) but these tend to be highly specialised inks that are more expensive and less commonly available.

So, what labels do we supply in our Waterproof Labels range?
We currently supply ELEVEN label products within our Waterproof Labels range (plus our GCP labels, which are waterproof in themselves BUT would need to be printed with specialist inkjet materials to produce waterproof printed labels).

These products provide our customers with a variety of options so that they can choose a label that best suits their particular application and the overall look that they want to achieve.

WHITE, SILVER, OR TRANSPARENT
One choice is that of “colour”; our waterproof labels are available in white labels, silver labels, or transparent labels. The white waterproof labels are ideal if you want a blank, clear background for your labels, our silver waterproof labels are popular for use on high value goods as long lasting asset ID labels, and our transparent waterproof labels are perfect for use on transparent surfaces or to avoid issues with colour matching.

GLOSS OR MATT
Another choice is between a gloss finish and a matt finish; the gloss finish reflects light more efficiently to produce a bright and shiny appearance – while the matt finish is less efficient at reflecting light, which produces a dull, non-shiny appearance. A gloss finish is popular for use on product labels (due to its decorative appearance), while the matt finish is ideal for labelling surfaces that also have a matt finish so that the label neatly blends in as a subtle addition to an item or surface.

PERMANENT OR REMOVABLE
While the majority of our waterproof labels use a permanent adhesive, we do have two options (MWR and GTR) with removable adhesives. While a permanent adhesive is ideal if you want your labels to remain firmly in place (and to be difficult to remove), the removable adhesive is ideal if you want to add a durable and professional looking label to an item or surface on a temporary basis only – so that you can remove the label when it is no longer needed without damaging the item or surface in the process.

MARINE QUALITY ADHESIVE
Three of our waterproof labels also feature a special marine adhesive that has been designed specifically for use in outdoor (marine) conditions. The adhesive has been extensively tested and conforms to the BS5609 Part 2 standard for marine immersion, which is an internationally recognised standard and indicates that a particular label product is of extremely high quality and is a strong and durable product that is suitable for use in challenging marine conditions.

The three products that feature this adhesive are our Matt White Polyester Labels (MWP), Matt White Polyethylene Labels (MWPE), and Matt White Polyolefin Labels (MWPO). These three labels are our strongest and most durable waterproof labels and are ideal for any label application – indoor or outdoor – that needs a long lasting label that will remain firmly in place, even if it gets wet.

You can view ALL of our Waterproof Label products on our aptly named Waterproof Labels page. You can find out more about each product by visiting its dedicated range page OR you can use our free sample request service to give them a try before you buy!

The Language Of Labels – A Quickfire Guide To Our Label Categories

Monday, January 30th, 2017

At Label Planet, we often group our labels into categories based on specific qualities and many of our product ranges take their names from the qualities that those labels possess. If you’re new to the world of labels, however, it can be a bit confusing if you aren’t sure what some (or all) of these terms mean – or at least what they mean in the specific world of labels and labelling. This short guide should help to make it clear what we mean when we use the following terms to describe our labels:

Permanent:
We use the word permanent to refer to labels that are made with a permanent adhesive; permanent adhesives are designed to create a strong bond between a label and an object that is difficult to break. It does NOT mean that these labels are impossible to remove; if someone is determined enough to remove a permanent label they will be able to do so (albeit with a serious amount of intent and effort and the likely result that both the label itself and the labelled item will be damaged in the process).

High Tack:
This refers to labels that are made with extremely strong, permanent adhesives; “tack” refers to the property of materials that allows them to adhere to a surface immediately upon contact – in other words, it describes how “sticky” a material is in a fluid or semi-fluid state. High tack labels, therefore, are highly sticky labels!

Removable:
We use the term removable to refer to labels that are made with a removable adhesive; removable adhesives are designed to create a bond between a label and an object so that the label can be removed cleanly and easily (without doing any damage or leaving behind any adhesive residue) when it is no longer needed. For this reason, removable labels may also be called “Temporary Labels”.

Finish:
This term refers to the qualities and properties of a material’s surface, including its appearance and texture. We supply three types of finish:

  • Gloss: gloss surfaces are generally very smooth and are highly efficient at reflecting light, which produces a decorative bright and shiny appearance.
  • Matt: matt surfaces are very poor at reflecting light, which creates a dull and non-shiny appearance.
  • Semi-Gloss: as a compromise between gloss and matt, semi-gloss surfaces do reflect light (but less efficiently than full gloss surfaces), which creates a more subtle shine.

Opaque:
Opaque materials do not transmit light; light cannot travel through these materials, which means that opaque materials cannot be seen through. Opaque materials are used to create “Blockout” labels that will prevent any existing print or design work from showing through a label, even if it is applied to a highly decorative surface. They are ideal for covering up existing print, recycling packaging, covering up errors, or simply to create a completely blank background onto which a new design or print can be added.

Transparent:
Transparent materials are extremely efficient at transmitting light; light travels through these materials, which means that you can see through transparent materials. Our transparent labels are not 100% transparent because they use an adhesive, which means that they may trap small air bubbles or particles of dust during application. Please note that we also use the term “clear” to refer to transparent materials.
If a material only transmits some light, then it will not be completely transparent – these labels are usually known as Transluscent or Frosted labels.

Waterproof:
Waterproof materials can survive exposure to or immersion in water – which means our waterproof labels are the best option to choose if you need labels for an application that may involve water, for example outdoor labels or labels for use on items that will be stored and used in kitchens or bathrooms.

Splashproof:
This is a term that we use to describe our GW (gloss laser labels) and SG (semi-gloss laser labels); both of these products are paper labels, which means that they are not waterproof BUT the coatings applied to these labels to give them their gloss and semi-gloss finishes do provide limited protection if the labels are lightly splashed with water or get slightly dirty (hence splashproof). These labels provide a compromise between using standard paper labels (with no protection against water damage) and our synthetic labels (which are completely waterproof) – especially if you need to work within a limited budget.

Compatible:
Essentially, when we describe one of our labels as being “compatible” with a label product from a different company, we mean that the label size and layout (but not the materials used to make the labels) are the same for our labels as they are for the other product. For example, many of our label products are described as “Avery Compatible” and we provide “Compatible Avery Template Codes” for customers to use when printing their labels. All this means is that the label size and layout of our labels is the same as those of Avery labels and you can therefore use the same template to print both our labels and Avery labels.

Special Use:
Also known as “Media Labels”, these labels are a group of products that were each originally created to suit a specific purpose but can also be used for a wider range of label applications. They tend to be sizes that were designed for use on storage devices and folders, such as CDs and DVDs, box files and lever arch files, or videos and data cartridges.

Plastic:
Plastic is a general term that can be used to describe any synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers. We have three plastic materials; polyester, polyethylene, and vinyl (our Tamper Evident Vinyl). When we use the term “Plastic labels”, we are referring to our polyester and polyethylene (and vinyl) labels.

Tamper Evident:
A type of security label; security labels are labels with special features that are designed to improve the security of the items they are used to label. Tamper evident labels have features that allow them to provide visual evidence that someone has tampered with an item. We have TWO tamper evident labels; our Silver Void Labels leave the message “VOID” behind when they are removed from an item, while our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels will disintegrate into tiny pieces if someone attempts to remove them.

You can find even more label terms (along with their definitions) in our online Glossary. If you have any questions or queries about what a particular term means or if you need any assistance choosing the right label for your specific label application, you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team by phone or email to find out more.

Top Tips For Creating Your Own Set Of Waterproof Labels

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

There are a lot of different label applications where it is very important that the labels you use are waterproof; you might be creating labels for items that will be stored or used in the great outdoors or making product labels for goods that will be used in indoor environments where they may be exposed to water – such as the kitchen, bathroom, or perhaps even a swimming pool.

Whatever the situation, there are a few top tips that you’ll need to keep in mind to make sure that your labels don’t end up being a total washout!

1. ALL Of Your Label Must Be Waterproof
You need to make sure that EVERY layer in your label is waterproof; including the face material, the adhesive, AND the print that you add. Generally speaking, labels that are made with a waterproof face material will have a waterproof adhesive to match so you don’t need a detailed knowledge of different materials to make sure your labels are waterproof. At Label Planet, we’ve made it even easier to choose labels that are waterproof by creating a specific “Waterproof Labels” page and by clearly labelling our Waterproof Labels as being “waterproof” across our website.

Although, if in doubt, the best advice to follow is: if you need waterproof labels, DON’T PICK PAPER!!

Our waterproof labels are made with polyester or polyethylene (although our vinyl security labels are also waterproof), while TWO of these products (MWP and MWPE) also feature a Marine Standard Adhesive, which is designed specifically for use in label applications that will involve exposure to or immersion in water.

2. Not All Printers (Or Printing Materials) Can Produce Waterproof Print
Our blank labels are designed to be printed with standard desktop printers, which are either laser printers or inkjet printers. If you want to create waterproof labels, you will HAVE to use a LASER printer. This is because laser printers use a dry printing process to bond toner (a dry powder) onto a surface using heat and pressure, which produces waterproof print – while inkjet printers tend to use inks that are water-based, meaning that these inks will run or smudge if they come into contact with water.

If you absolutely HAVE to use an inkjet printer you will need to either source inks that are NOT water-based (which tend to be more specialised, and therefore more expensive, products) OR you will need to find a way to create a protective layer over the top of your inkjet-printed labels (for example, by applying a transparent label over the top of your printed labels).

We have ONE waterproof label that can be printed with inkjet printers; Gloss Clear Polyester Labels.

3. Waterproof Means They Survive Exposure To Water (Not Everything Else)
Some people will assume that, because they have bought waterproof labels, their labels will survive ALL KINDS of environments that contain water AND other elements – which simply isn’t true. While our waterproof labels are strong and durable labels that can survive exposure to a wide variety of environments, there are limits to what they can endure before they begin to show damage.

For example, we have many customers who use our waterproof labels to create product labels for a range of cosmetics that they produce and/or sell. As these products are likely to be used in bathrooms, picking a waterproof label is a great way to make sure that the product labels (and all the vital information that they hold) remain firmly in place and completely legible even if they end up taking a dunk (or two) in the bath! However, it is always wise to take into consideration the ingredients that you use to make these products, particularly with products such as “essential oils”, which may cause the print or the adhesive on your labels to deteriorate over time.

We are also sometimes asked if our waterproof labels are suitable for use on items that will go into washing machines and dishwashers, which – obviously – involve exposure to water. However, NONE of our waterproof labels are suitable for such applications because of all of the OTHER elements involved (specifically the ingredients used in cleaning products), which will cause extensive damage.

If you need your labels to survive in more extreme conditions or you know that they may be exposed to a variety of ingredients and/or substances, then we would always recommend requesting a sample of the waterproof labels that you would like to use so you can give them a test run first.

To find out more or to buy waterproof labels today, simply visit our Waterproof Labels Information Page; to request a sample of any of our waterproof labels to test them for yourself, you can either contact our Customer Service Team OR fill in our online Sample Request Form.

Get Out And About With Labels For The Great Outdoors

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Summer is the time to get outside and thousands of individuals and organisations across the country will be arranging trips and events in the great outdoors, which means they’ll need labels that will survive in these conditions (whatever the weather decides to do)!

At Label Planet, we have a whole range of “weatherproof” labels that are designed to offer that extra bit of durability against the challenges of the natural world, which makes them the perfect option if you need your labels to be useful in the great outdoors (or even the great indoors if they are to be stored or used near water).

Our weatherproof labels are made using polyester or polyethylene, which are both highly durable, long lasting materials that offer the particularly useful property of being waterproof! Our waterproof range includes self adhesive labels with a variety of finishes and adhesives to help you find the one that’s perfect for your application:

Material Colour
We have waterproof labels in three different colours (white, off-white, and silver) along with three transparent products. Our white and off-white colours are ideal if you need a standard label with a solid background colour for your design to sit on, while the metallic finish of our silver polyester creates a decorative and professional finish that will really stand out from the surface background. If you need a label that is suitable for a transparent surface, that won’t cover up a decorative surface, or that will help avoid colour-matching issues, then our transparent labels are the perfect choice.

Material Finish
We also offer a choice of matt and gloss finishes, so you can choose the one that best suits the appearance that you want to create. Matt finishes have a duller, non-shiny finish, while gloss finishes have a bright, shiny finish. You may wish to choose a waterproof label that has a finish to match the surface you are labelling or you may wish to use a contrasting finish to help your label stand out. Both our transparent and white waterproof labels are available with either a matt or a gloss finish, while our silver waterproof labels have a matt metallic finish.

Adhesive Strength
Our waterproof range includes THREE different adhesives, so you can choose the strength that best suits your needs. If you need your outdoor labels for temporary purposes (e.g. temporary signs that can be removed when an event finishes) and you don’t want them to do any damage when you remove them, you can opt for our removable transparent waterproof labels (GTR) or our removable white waterproof labels (MWR), which are both designed to provide good adhesion while the label is needed before removing cleanly and easily from the surface.

If you’re looking for a more permanent label that can survive outside, you can opt for one of our standard permanent waterproof adhesives, which are found on our gloss and matt transparent labels (GTP and MTP), our gloss white polyester labels (GWP), and our silver metallic polyester labels (SMP). Alternatively, if you’re looking for a really tough label that can truly take on the terrors of the great outdoors, then we recommend choosing either our matt white polyester labels (MWP) or our polyethylene labels (MWPE), which are both made using a marine standard waterproof adhesive; to achieve this standard, the adhesive has been immersed in sea water for 3 months, which makes it a perfect choice for use on outdoor labels.

It should be noted that all of these waterproof labels are listed as “Laser Labels” – meaning they are suitable for use with laser printers (but NOT with inkjet printers). Laser printers use a dry printing process to bond toner (a dry powder) onto the medium being printed using heat and pressure, which produces print that is waterproof. Inkjet printers use inks that are usually water-based, which means that they will run and smudge if they get wet or are handled a lot. We recommend using a laser printer to produce waterproof labels BUT if you only have access to an inkjet printer there are a couple of alternative options you could try:

  1. Source non-water-based inks that can produce waterproof print.
  2. Print labels using your inkjet printer and then source some transparent labels (or a sealant) that you can apply over your print to provide a protective waterproof coating.

Please note, you will need to make sure that you purchase labels that are compatible with an inkjet printer; inkjet inks will not dry properly on the materials used to make laser labels.

Plus, if you’re looking to capitalise on the (hopefully) warmer weather with some delicious treats, we’ve got a wonderful range of Freezer Labels, which are perfect for getting all your frozen foods (and drinks) labelled up in time for some fun in the sun.

Our freezer labels are made of a matt white paper with a special Deep Freeze adhesive, which is designed specifically for use in freezer conditions (down to -40°C). These labels can be applied to items that are already frozen or that will be frozen at a later date and are ideal for creating product labels on food and drink products. We have eight stocked sizes, which are available to order in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch, with a further 38 labels sizes available to order (with a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets and up to five working days for despatch).

To buy labels that can survive some fun in the sun (or an hour in a summer shower) get started by visiting our Waterproof Labels page to see all of the available options, or visit our Freezer Labels range page to find out more or to buy labels for your summer sweets.

Splashproof VS Waterproof; Picking A Label That Won’t Be Put Off By April Showers

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

With the familiar phrase “April Showers” bounding about once more, we’ve been inspired to take a closer look at label products that won’t be put off by a bit of water!

We have two categories of labels that can survive exposure to water: “Waterproof” and “Splashproof” labels.

While our waterproof labels offer complete protection against exposure to (or even submersion in) water, our splashproof labels are an alternative option that provides a compromise between the full protection of waterproof labels and the complete lack of protection afforded by standard paper labels.

Our waterproof labels are made with a polyester or polyethylene face material and a waterproof adhesive. In the case of our Matt White Polyester (MWP) and Matt White Polyethylene (MWPE) labels, the adhesive used meets the BS5609 part 2 standard for marine immersion, which makes it ideal for use outdoors or in marine conditions where it may be completely submerged in water (in order to qualify for this standard, the adhesive must survive for three months in salt water).

Our waterproof adhesives are available in a variety of material options including matt or gloss finishes, white or transparent materials, and permanent or removable adhesives – so you should be able to find a waterproof label to suit your application, whether you simply need a label that can survive a more challenging environment or you’re after a decorative label that won’t be damaged if it gets wet. While our waterproof labels prove popular for a variety of applications, they’re especially popular for use on items that are to be stored or used outdoors (for example; sporting equipment or products sold in garden centres) or as product labels for items that are used indoors but may be exposed to water during use (for example; food and drink products used in kitchens, or cosmetics used in bathrooms).

However, some customers find that these labels aren’t quite what they’re looking for or that the more expensive materials push these labels out of their budget. As an alternative, we have two paper products that we categorise as “splashproof” labels: Gloss White Paper (GW) and Semi-Gloss White Paper (SG) labels. Both of these labels have gloss coatings that provide a degree of protection against water and dirt; if these labels get slightly dirty or are splashed lightly with water, they can be wiped clean and dry with no damage done. However, as they are still paper labels, they are not completely waterproof and will be damaged by exposure to (or indeed submersion in) a lot of water. If you need labels that offer SOME protection as a “just in case” measure, then these labels should do the job well enough.

It is important to note that all of our waterproof and splashproof labels are for use with laser printers ONLY (or handwriting); laser printers use heat and pressure to bond a dry powder called toner onto the surface being printed, which creates waterproof print. Inkjet printers, however, tend to use water-based inks, which means that if the print gets wet it will run and smudge.

As a quick-fire guide to our waterproof labels, you can use the table below to view all of the options available; these are listed from the most expensive to the least expensive to help you find a waterproof label that will work for you AND fit into your budget. For more detailed information about these products, visit our Waterproof Labels page.

Product Adhesive Face Material Waterproof Or Splashproof
SMP Permanent Silver Matt Metallic Polyester Waterproof
GWP Permanent Gloss White Polyester Waterproof
MTP Permanent Matt Transparent Polyester Waterproof
MWP Permanent (Marine) Matt White Polyester Waterproof
MWR Removable Matt White Polyester Waterproof
GTP Permanent Gloss Transparent Polyester Waterproof
GTR Removable Gloss Transparent Polyester Waterproof
MWPE Permanent (Marine) Matt White Polyethylene Waterproof
SG Permanent Semi-Gloss White Paper Splashproof
GW Permanent Gloss White Paper Splashproof

Top Tips – How To Pick The Perfect Product Label

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Product labels often have a number of important roles to play; they may carry important information about your product, carry barcodes or QR codes that contain vital tracking information, or quite simply might provide a significant opportunity to help make your products, brand, and company stand out from the crowd.

Getting the right product label is an important choice – especially if you’ve spent months or even years developing your product and you want your labels to work just as hard as you have to help get your product sold.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a hit list of decisions that you need to make when choosing your product labels.

What Are You Sticking Them Onto & How Long Do They Need To Last?
Labels For Product Packaging:
Packaging labels need to remain firmly in place so you should make sure you choose a PERMANENT adhesive. If your packaging is made using unusual materials (especially plastic bags or boxes) you may find that standard permanent adhesives struggle to bond properly, which means you’ll need a stronger adhesive such as a HIGH TACK or MARINE adhesive. You may also be looking for a label that improves the security of your goods (especially for high value goods); we supply two “TAMPER EVIDENT” products, which can be used to provide evidence of tampering, to securely seal packaging, or to act as a warranty label or seal.

If it is of the utmost importance that your labels remain on the packaging, even if the items are to be moved around a lot, then you should consider choosing a POLYESTER or POLYETHYLENE label; these materials are much more durable than paper and offer protection against a variety of environmental factors including exposure to water and sunlight, which makes them perfect for use as long life tracking or asset labels.

Labels For Products (That Must Be Permanent):
Some product labels are used to add vital product information to items, which means the information must remain with your product for the lifetime of each item – so you must use a PERMANENT adhesive. If your products are made with unusual materials or have a curved or uneven surface you should consider choosing a stronger, more specialised adhesive (e.g. a HIGH TACK or MARINE adhesive) to ensure that your labels stay firmly in place. You may also want to apply one of our “TAMPER EVIDENT” label products to act as a warranty label or to indicate if an item has been tampered with. To create long life tracking or asset labels, you should choose one of our more durable materials; we have a range of POLYESTER and POLYETHYLENE labels, which are long lasting, waterproof labels that will survive in a variety of environments and conditions.

Labels For Products (That Must Be Removable):
It may be that the content of your labels is only required temporarily (e.g. pricing information) and so your labels should remove cleanly and easily from your products without doing any damage. In this case, you should choose labels made with a REMOVABLE ADHESIVE. If your items are particularly delicate (especially items made of paper or glass), then you may even want to consider a SUPER REMOVABLE ADHESIVE to ensure that your items remain undamaged when a label is eventually removed.

What Environments Do They Need To Work In?
Depending on the type of products you are labelling, you may need to take into account the environments that your products will be stored or used in when picking a product label. Two of the most common examples are food and drink products and cosmetic products; the former are likely to be exposed to a variety of conditions in kitchens (including exposure to liquids and variations in temperature), while the latter are likely to be used in bathrooms where they may be exposed to water or other liquids.

If you know that your labels need to survive in conditions where they may get wet then you should make sure you select a WATERPROOF label (or, as a cheaper alternative, a SPLASHPROOF label). Likewise, if you’re selling food and drink products that need to be stored in freezer conditions then you’ll need to make sure you choose DEEP FREEZE labels, which are made using a special adhesive that is designed specifically to function efficiently in freezer conditions.

How Much Content Do You Want To Add?
When designing labels for products, you’ll need to make sure that all of your information is clear and legible (especially for products that are required to show ingredients, allergen warnings, instructions for use, best before/use by dates, or health and safety warnings) AND that your branding looks attractive and professional.

A good tip is to make a note of everything you want to include on your labels (although actually typing it out is even better); if you find that you’ve got an awful lot of stuff to include but not a lot of space to add a label big enough to display it all neatly and legibly, you might want to consider breaking it up and using two or more smaller labels to create a cleaner appearance. This means you won’t end up compromising by either reducing your font to teeny tiny text or plastering a massive label all over your products and/or packaging.

What Do You Want Your Product To Look Like?
If you’re trying to create a particular appearance or build up brand recognition, you’ll want to make sure that your labels fit in with the overall ethos that you’re aiming to promote. Simply plastering a standard paper label onto your products could undermine any special design features that you’ve worked hard to add to your products and packaging, so it’s always worth looking at different material options to find the one that best matches your brand image:

Gloss Labels: these labels have a shiny smooth coating that creates a finish that is both decorative and professional in appearance. Our gloss polyester labels are particularly popular for use on cosmetics products, while our photo quality gloss paper labels are perfect for printing detailed designed work at a high resolution, even if you’ve got photographic images as part of your design.

Premium Quality Paper: made of a premium quality paper that has been treated with a special coating to give it a supremely smooth finish, these labels can help to produce excellent high resolution print that is sharp and precise. Our MPQ material is particularly popular for creating a professional finish, especially for branding and marketing labels that should be smart and crisp.

Coloured Paper: coloured labels are a brilliant starting point if you want your labels to be bold and bright, whether you’re trying to create a fun, fabulous brand identity or you simply want to draw attention to your products. We’ve got a range of subtle pastel shades for those who prefer a gentle bloom of colour or a choice of five fluorescent colours to really give your product a kick start.

Kraft Paper: made with an unbleached, uncoated Kraft paper, these labels have a ribbed brown colouring, which creates a natural appearance with a subtle touch of pattern and texture. Our Kraft Labels are especially popular for use as product labels where the products are homemade/handcrafted or gift items, or where a company wants to promote their products as being natural, bespoke, or handmade.

Metallic Paper: available in gold or silver, our metallic paper labels have a very attractive semi-gloss textured finish, which makes them a popular choice for product labels that are promoted as luxury or gift items, or to create promotional or marketing labels.

Transparent Polyester: transparent labels are a perfect tool for creating decorative and professional product labels because they provide design opportunities that other labels simply cannot provide. For example, they are brilliant product labels for use on products or packaging that are made with transparent materials (especially glass or plastic bottles), a perfect way to avoid problems with exact colour matching, and a simple solution to the issue of adding additional information to existing print work (where non-transparent labels would end up covering up some of your existing print).

Silver Metallic Polyester: with a matt metallic finish, these polyester labels are often used as professional long life tracking or asset labels – particularly on high value goods and electrical or electronic appliances.

You can find all of our label product options listed on our All Label Materials page; remember, you can also Request A Sample to try out a few different options to see which one will work best for you.

Top Tips – Choosing The Right Materials For Your Label Application

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

As the old saying goes you should always use the right tool for the right job and, here at Label Planet, we’ve got label products to suit all kinds of label applications – but you’ll only get the full benefit of the materials on offer if you pick the right label for your application.

While you might be tempted to settle for standard paper labels, we always recommend taking the time to look at alternative material options because you might find something that will, quite simply, do a much, much better job – especially if you’re creating labels for use in a professional application or you need your labels to work in a more unusual environment.

Different materials provide a variety of qualities and characteristics that can help a label perform much more efficiently or achieve a specific look or finish that you’re after – so if you need your labels to work under more challenging circumstances or provide a perfect finishing touch, it’s worth thinking carefully about the labels you choose to buy.

A Brief Guide To Our Label Materials

Gloss Materials
These materials have a smooth coating that produces a bright, shiny finish; professional AND decorative in appearance, these labels are an ideal option if you’re trying to create a particular look or style while also drawing attention to information or details that are especially important. Our gloss labels are particularly popular for use as product labels or for use on items that are being produced for special occasions or events (e.g. wedding invitations, company brochures etc).

A full list of labels made with a gloss finish can be found on our Gloss Labels page.

Transparent Materials
These materials can be seen through, which makes them a brilliant choice if you’re particularly concerned about how your labels (and labelled items) will look. Transparent labels are a perfect addition if you’re matching a surface that is itself transparent (e.g. glass items or windows), if you’re labelling a decorative surface that you don’t want to cover up, or if you’re having problems with colour matching; these labels are extremely popular for use on product packaging that has been printed with highly decorative designs or branding, as product labels on bottles and jars, or as address labels on patterned and/or textured envelopes that have been selected to deliver especially important invitations (e.g. wedding invitations or birthdays and anniversaries).

All of our transparent materials are listed on our Transparent Labels page.

Opaque Materials
If you need to cover up or replace existing print you should consider using opaque labels. These labels are made with materials that do not transmit light, which means they cannot be seen through – if you’re trying to cover up a mistake, correct out of date information, recycle old packaging or materials, or prevent existing design work showing through and making it harder to read the information on your label, then an opaque label gives you a perfectly blank background to start from.

We have an Opaque Label product, which is made of matt white paper with an opaque adhesive. As this item is a made to order product (minimum order quantity 500 sheets + up to six working days for despatch) you might want to consider using our Gold & Silver Paper Labels as an alternative; the materials used to make these labels provide an opaque finish, which means they are a suitable alternative – providing you don’t mind using a more decorative label.

Synthetic Materials (Polyester/Polyethylene)
These materials offer properties and characteristics that simply don’t exist in paper materials; they are extremely durable and waterproof, which makes them ideal for a variety of label applications where a label needs to be long lasting even when stored or used in more unusual environments (for example, if they are used outdoors). They are a perfect solution to the challenge of creating professional, decorative labels that are to be used to label unusual surfaces, as long lasting tracking or asset labels, or to work in conditions that standard materials simply cannot cope with. The polyethylene is a thicker material but offers a greater degree of flexibility than our polyester materials.

All of our Polyester and Polyethylene Labels for use with laser printers can be found on our website here. We also have a transparent inkjet polyester product, which can be found here.

Splashproof Materials
We have some paper labels that are made with a gloss coating that provides a limited degree of protection against water damage and dirt; these labels can be wiped clean and dry if they are lightly splashed or get a bit dirty. Our splashproof labels provide an ideal compromise between standard paper labels and waterproof labels if you need to provide some protection against water or dirt but don’t have the budget for a completely waterproof solution.

Both our Gloss White Labels and Semi-Gloss White Labels are “splashproof”; these products are suitable for use with laser printers only or for handwriting.

Waterproof Materials
All of our labels made of polyester or polyethylene are waterproof and so will survive in environments where they may come into contact with water and other liquids. For example, they are commonly used to label products that are to be used in kitchens or bathrooms (i.e. on food and drink packaging or on cosmetics containers) or to label items that will be displayed, stored, or used outdoors (e.g. product labels for garden centres, labels on sports equipment, or outdoor signage).

All of our waterproof materials are listed on our Waterproof Labels page; please note that these products are suitable for use with laser printers only or for handwriting.

Coloured Materials
If your number one priority is a decorative appearance then we’d recommend taking a look at the coloured materials that we offer. A coloured label is a wonderful starting point if you want your labels to really stand out and make an impact; they draw attention to important information, strengthen your branding by repeating your company colours, create a luxury or decorative finish, add some creativity to your items, or simply stand out from the crowd. We offer a range of colours from subtle shades of pastels through to flashing fluorescents and magnificent metallics (by way of a delightfully crafty brown Kraft paper).

You can find a full list of our coloured materials by visiting our Coloured Labels page.

Premium Quality Materials
For a high end look that promotes a professional finish, premium quality materials offer a more decorative and clean cut appearance than standard paper, so if appearances are everything (for your labels anyway) then it may well be worth spending a little more to get that extra special finish for your items. We have plenty of materials that offer a superior finish, including:

  • Matt Premium Quality Paper Labels; these labels are made with high quality premium paper with a special coating that helps to produce an extremely sharp, high resolution print that is perfect for professional documentation and packaging.
  • Gloss White Photo Quality Paper Labels; these labels have a high quality gloss finish that makes them perfect for printing high resolution design work – they’re especially well suited to printing photographs or highly detailed designs.
  • Transparent Polyester Labels; transparent materials are a brilliant way to create layered design work, with both your label design and any features on the item you are labelling being visible at once. These labels are also perfect for creating professional seals for product packaging or documentation.
  • Silver Metallic Polyester Labels; these labels are made with a matt metallic silver polyester that has an attractive finish and is extremely popular for use as long lasting, durable tracking or asset labels on high end electrical or electronic goods.

To find out more or to place an order for ANY of our label products, simply visit our COMPLETE LIST OF LABEL MATERIALS page to get started.

Top Tips: How To Choose The Right Label For Your Label Application

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

While there might not seem to be anything terribly complicated about picking a label, there are more options out there than many people realise – with many of these options being designed specifically to suit specific types of label applications.

Many of our customers approach the purchase of labels with an assumption that they simply need a “label”– even though they actually have specific requirements that not all label products will be able to fulfil.

To make sure you pick the best label for the job we recommend creating a list of “Musts” – things that your label absolutely MUST be – and using that list to narrow down your search to products that can meet those requirements perfectly. With this in mind, we’ve put together a checklist to get you started:

DO YOU NEED TO PRINT YOUR LABELS?
Some label products are designed specifically for laser printers or inkjet printers only, which means if you only have one type of printer to hand, you have to pick a compatible product. If you intend to leave your labels blank or to handwrite them, you can take your pick from all of our label products.
You can find the printer compatibility of all of our label products on our Label Materials List page.

DO YOU NEED A PARTICULAR SIZE?
We do not offer bespoke label products, so if you have a specific size in mind you should check if we supply the size you need. Next you should see if we offer that size in a material option and quantity that is appropriate for your needs; popular and standard sizes are available in a wider range of material options with many also available to order from stock in packs of 25 sheets. Less popular and less common sizes are only available in a limited range of material options, with some only available as Made to Order items with a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets.

If the size you want isn’t available (or is available but not in the material or order quantity you prefer), then you can switch to a close size that is available, choose a larger size that you can cut down, or source a label manufacturer who can produce it as a bespoke product.

Search through our available label sizes, listed here by height and here by width.

DO YOU NEED A PARTICULAR SHAPE?
We offer a basic range of shapes, including rectangles (with rounded or square cut corners), circles, ovals, and squares. Rectangles and circles are the most popular shapes and so are available in a wider range of sizes and material options than the ovals and squares.

You can find a list of all of our label products grouped by their shape on our Label Shapes page.

DO YOU REQUIRE A PARTICULAR FINISH (GLOSS, SEMI-GLOSS, MATT)?
We have three different finishes available; gloss, semi-gloss, and matt. If you want a shiny decorative finish you should look through our range of gloss label products. Likewise, if you prefer a non-shiny finish, you should focus on products with a matt finish. For a compromise between the two, you should consider our semi-gloss labels.

Our gloss labels are grouped on our Gloss Labels page, our semi-gloss labels can be found on the Semi-Gloss Labels range page, and the rest of our labels all have a matt finish.

DO YOU REQUIRE A SPECIAL ADHESIVE?
We have a range of different adhesives, which are designed to suit a variety of label applications. We offer a number of different adhesive strengths, including a strong “High Tack” permanent adhesive (for labels that should be difficult to remove or suitable for surfaces that standard adhesives struggle to adhere to), a standard permanent adhesive (for a strong bond on a variety of surfaces – this adhesive is found on most of our products), a removable adhesive (for temporary labels that remove cleanly and easily when they are no longer needed), and a super removable adhesive (for delicate items made of glass or paper).

We also have a number of speciality adhesives that are designed for specific conditions and environments; our Freezer Adhesive is designed for items that are to be stored in freezer conditions (e.g. food or medical samples), our Marine Adhesive is designed for outdoor conditions or applications that involve exposure to or immersion in water (e.g. kitchen or bathroom products), and a “VOID” Adhesive that is used on our tamper evident security labels to provide visual proof that an item has been tampered with.

All of our products with special adhesives are listed on our Special Adhesives page.

DO YOU NEED WATERPROOF LABELS?
We have a range of waterproof labels, which provide our customers with a choice of finishes and adhesive types. Most are suitable for laser printers only. Standard inks used in inkjet printers are water based, which results in the print running or smudging if it gets wet. Laser printers, however, use a dry printing process (using heat and pressure) to bond toner in place, which produces waterproof print.

You can find a list of all of our waterproof options on our Waterproof Labels page.

DO YOU WANT A PARTICULAR COLOUR OR A TRANSPARENT LABEL?
We have a range of colours and transparent labels for customers to choose from including: six pastel colours, five fluorescent colours, metallic gold and silver, brown Kraft labels, and standard white, along with transparent labels in a choice of matt or gloss finishes and permanent or removable adhesives.

View all of the options available on our Coloured Label Products and Transparent Label Products pages.

DO YOU HAVE A BUDGET?
If price is your main concern, then you may need to think about choosing a standard material in a standard size, rather than a more “specialised” product. For example, our paper products will always be cheaper than our synthetic and coloured materials, while a standard permanent adhesive will always be cheaper than a special adhesive. Likewise, we have a range of “standard” sizes that are available to purchase from stock in packs of 25 sheets, which may prove much cheaper than less common sizes with a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets.

Of course, if you know that you will need to repurchase these labels in the future, it may be worth considering buying a larger quantity now (and storing away the labels you don’t need immediately) to get a better price. Our prices include price breaks, which means that larger quantities offer much better value for money in terms of unit price. If you know that you would be able to store your extra labels away safely, then it may be much more economic to place a small number of orders for larger quantities than to place frequent orders of smaller quantities.

I Need Waterproof Labels – What Labels Do You Recommend?

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Many of our customers have label applications in mind that require waterproof labels; whether they need the labels to survive in outdoor conditions or they are for use indoors where they may come into contact with water (e.g. on cosmetics, cleaning, or food and drink products that may be used in the bathroom or kitchen).

The first thing we would say is: YOU NEED A LASER PRINTER.

  • This is down to the different printing methods used by inkjet and laser printers; laser printers use a dry printing process in which heat and pressure are used to fuse toner onto the surface being printed, while inkjet printers use inks that are dispersed onto the surface being printed where they dry in place – the problem here is that most inkjet inks are water based, which means that if the print should come into contact with water it will run and/or smudge.
  • So, while you can purchase labels for laser and inkjet printers that ARE waterproof, if you want PRINTED waterproof labels, you will need to use a laser printer.

The second thing you need to consider is: THE CONDITIONS THE LABEL WILL BE EXPOSED TO.

  • Some label applications need a waterproof label because there is a slight chance that the label might come into contact with water – in other words, a waterproof label is more of a “just in case” measure than an absolute necessity. In other applications, however, it may be absolutely vital that a label is waterproof because the labels are guaranteed to come into contact with water. In these cases, we would recommend choosing either our Matt White Polyester (MWP) or Matt White Polyethylene (MWPE) labels; both of these labels are made with a Marine Adhesive (BS5609), which has been tested for three months, submerged in marine conditions.

The third thing to think about is: THE SURFACE THE LABEL NEEDS TO ADHERE TO.

  • We often find that label applications that require a waterproof label will also involve an item that is made of an unusual material or has a curved or uneven surface. In these cases, you may need to consider choosing a bigger label, a stronger adhesive, or a more flexible material.
  • A larger label size means that the adhesive has a larger surface area over which it can work, which will improve the strength of the bond between the label and the item that it is applied to.
  • While all of our Waterproof Labels use strong, permanent adhesives, you may want to opt for the Marine Adhesive on our MWP and MWPE labels if the item is likely to be exposed to or submerged in water.
  • The polyethylene used to make our MWPE is soft and pliable, which means it is well suited to curved or unusual surfaces and materials.

Finally (and perhaps the most fun part), you should consider any requirements you have about: THE FINISH OF THE LABEL.

  • We have a variety of finishes for our Waterproof Labels, including White or Transparent Labels with a Gloss or a Matt Finish. Perhaps you have a transparent item and you want a transparent label to go with it, or maybe you want to match the finish of your label to that of the surface it will be applied to – simply pick the label option that creates the finish you want.

You can take a look through ALL of our Waterproof Labels products in this handy “Table of Waterproof Labels”.

FAQ – Do You Supply Labels That Can Be Washed?

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

We have many customers who need their labels to be waterproof and we offer a wide range of label products that are indeed waterproof.

However, we also receive queries from customers who need waterproof labels that can be washed – either in a washing machine or a dishwasher.

They often assume that our waterproof labels are also “washingproof” – but, unfortunately, this simply isn’t the case.

While our waterproof labels are perfectly suited to exposure to or even total submersion in water, the conditions they would be exposed to in a washing machine or a dishwasher are much, much, MUCH more aggressive and they simply won’t survive in these machines.

Washing machines and dishwashers involve the use of cleaning products, which often contain ingredients that are particularly aggressive – these elements end up attacking the adhesive, weakening the bond until the label simply falls off. The ingredients may also cause damage to the material of the label itself and the print that has been applied to each label.

So, what should you do if you need labels that will go through a washing machine or dishwasher?
You will need to look at more specialised products – in particular, labels that are designed specifically for clothing or for the food and drink industry. There may be some suitable products already available; alternatively, you may have to contact label manufacturers to arrange for a bespoke product to be made.

At Label Planet, we do have one product that might just help.
Along with our A4 label products, we also supply Stikins ® – a multipurpose name label product that is capable of surviving in both washing machines and dishwashers.

These labels simply need to be peeled off their backing sheet and stuck down like any other label; when applied to clothing, they should be stuck onto the wash-care label.

We supply these labels in packs of 30, 60, 90, and 120 labels and they can be supplied either blank or printed with text.

Please note that you cannot print these labels yourself; they require specialist printers and software.

If you order via our website, you can only request basic text (no logos or images) and the same thing will be printed onto each label within a pack. We are able to offer some customised printing – but you will need to contact us to discuss your requirements first.