Gone in 30 Seconds: High-Quality Dissolvable Labels

A recent study has shown that eco-friendly products are becoming more important to consumers. Specifically, 84% of consumers care deeply about recyclable packaging options, with a large majority making their own efforts to recycle. Based on these statistics, products with eco-friendly packaging offer benefits for customers and businesses who wish to reduce their carbon footprint and utilize recyclable packaging.

What Are SmartSolve® Labels?

SmartSolve Labels are high-quality custom product labels designed to dissolve in water in under 30 seconds. Water, no matter the temperature, will make the labels dissolve off of the packaging, resulting in a clean container that is ready for repurposing. In fact, the labels completely dissolve, leaving behind no sticky residue.

Eco-Friendly

The removal of most labels from packaging requires harsh chemicals. SmartSolve Labels dissolve using just water. Removing labels from product packaging allows consumers to repurpose containers right in their own home, saving costs for trash facilities and keeping more packaging out of landfills.

Environmental Awards

SmartSolve Labels have received several awards and certifications from various eco-friendly organizations. These companies have certified the labels to be eco-friendly and a good use of resources. The labels received “green” certifications from the following organizations:

  • The Toxins in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH)

  • Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) 2008

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

  • European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (EU Reach)

  • California Prop 65

  • Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC)

  • Nourish The Planet (NTP)

They are also certified for distribution by the Forest Steward Council (FSC), which has very strict standards for responsible forestry.

Higher Quality Printing

When printing a label onto plastic, it can be very hard to create a high-quality design. Inks do not stick well to plastic and can appear blurry. SmartSolve Labels provide a high-quality label, giving products and their packaging a high-end appearance. Customers love the clean look and the crisp colors. The company uses color-matching technology for labels and trademarked exact colorations.

Uses for Dissolvable Labels

These are some of the most common use cases for labels that dissolve in water:

  • Food storage containers. Dissolvable labels allow consumers to reuse the containers for other storage when the original product is gone.

  • Temporary labels. Businesses can ask customers to return containers in a store-initiated recycling program – saving the business money on purchasing new containers and reducing their carbon footprint.

  • Time-sensitive decals. Kid’s items, like bicycles, skateboards, and balls, often end up discarded due to the fact the child’s interest changesor the character is no longer relevant. Dissolvable labels allow the product a longer life, completely removing the decal.

  • Hospital labeling. A new label for each patient can completely wash away during the disinfection process, making less trash and single-use items for the landfill.

  • Laboratories. Specimen samples or other collections of samples can have their own label. Like a hospital, when sanitizing the container, the label will disappear.

Contact SmartSolve to see how dissolving labels can work for you.

Leuco Dye Shortage Puts Pressure On Global Direct Thermal Markets

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As Chinese environmental regulations continue to increase, many leuco dye manufactures have been forced to make the difficult decision of whether to modify their facilities to comply with imposed regulations or to halt their production entirely. Connect Chemicals, the primary supplier of leuco dye, as well as several other leuco dye manufacturers, have recently halted production of the dye in light of the heightened environmental standards

This series of closures has introduced significant supply constraints for direct thermal material manufactures and has caused many vendors to implement price increases on various direct thermal products. The effects of rising direct thermal and thermal transfer material prices are being felt throughout many industries where leuco dyes are used to make barcodes and transaction receipts. A few key sectors affected by the price increases include traditional brick and mortar retailers, ecommerce vendors and freight providers, as well as businesses in the food service industry. While several existing leuco dye producers have made considerable efforts to increase production, the dye shortage persists.

Industry experts continue seeking solutions for this lengthy material shortage while various manufacturers, converters, and distributors struggle to meet the world’s direct thermal material demand.


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A Message from our Director

"As leaders possessing a patented technology, we have seen a surge of customers reaching out with inquiries about our water-soluble direct thermal materials. In light of the recent leuco dye shortage, traditional non-dissolvable direct thermal materials have experienced considerable price inflation. The previous price hikes for commoditized direct thermal products has undoubtedly reduced the price premiums that are often associated with utilizing water-soluble technologies. Many businesses are now reconsidering this game-changing technology and are ready to take advantage of the many unique benefits that SmartSolve water-soluble materials have to offer." — Jonathan Jakubowski


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Will you be attending SPC Advance 2018?

SPC Advance is an exclusive event that provides Sustainable Packaging Coalition members with an extraordinary opportunity to create unity and synergy around current global sustainability movements. Be sure to visit our booth to learn more about SmartSolve’s mission to go beyond recycling in order to make the world a better place for future generations!


Your Sustainable Direct Thermal Solution

SmartSolve’s product offerings have the potential to advance corporate bio-based sustainability initiatives while simultaneously providing significant industrial advantages for those utilizing water-soluble technology. SmartSolve 4 pt. direct thermal material is compatible with virtually any thermal printer and is made of high quality FSC-certified materials. SmartSolve direct thermal materials are available in sheets and rolls, and also in an assortment of label sizes. As shown in the above video, this material will disperse in 30 seconds or less when submerged in water and exposed to agitation.

SmartSolve Becomes Member of Sustainable Packaging Coalition

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SmartSolve Industries is proud to announce that it is now a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC). With the new membership, SmartSolve is even more dedicated to making sustainable packaging solutions easily available to the industry with the use of their innovative water soluble paper materials.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition is a membership-based collaborative that believes in the power of industry to make packaging more sustainable. They are the leading voice on sustainable packaging and are passionate about creating packaging that is good for people and the environment. The SPC envisions a world where all packaging is sourced responsibly, optimized for efficiency, effectively recovered, non-toxic and low impact.

"SmartSolve materials are designed to offer efficient, low impact, dissolving packaging solutions that are beneficial for both our customers and the environment," says Jonathan Jakubowski, Director of SmartSolve. "Becoming a member of the SPC has allowed SmartSolve to fully embrace our company’s strong commitment to environmental sustainability."

Contact SmartSolve to see how your products and packaging can Go Beyond Recycling™ and become more environmentally friendly with water soluble materials.

CMC Group’s SmartSolve Division Becomes SQF Level 3 Certified

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After two years of environmentally-conscious paper production, SmartSolve has taken its commitment to safety to the next level.

CMC Group, Inc./SmartSolve Industries is now SQF (Safe Quality Food) Level 3 certified (Certificate No. 16114) as a manufacturer of printed labels, pouches and other paper products for the food packaging industry. SQF Level 3 is a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) approved scheme with a quality control component built in and is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system.

This certification is the latest instance of SmartSolve becoming more effective at responding to changing regulations and customer requirements within the consumables industry. In 2016, SmartSolve became GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified, which, according to the Institute of Food Research, is “a system to ensure that products meet food safety, quality and legal requirements.”

SQF and GMP Audits Completed by EAGLE Food Registrations Inc.

SQF and GMP Audits Completed by EAGLE Food Registrations Inc.

Environmentally Sustainable DIY Paper Soap from SmartSolve Industries

Have you ever been traveling or camping and found it difficult to pack soap and shampoo? Or been in a public restroom and found that the soap dispensers were empty? If your answer to either of these questions is ‘yes’, a somewhat off-the-radar product may be able to wipe your travel woes clean: dissolving paper products allow you to make your own travel-size, single-use soap that will dissolve in seconds and can be easily transported. All you need to do is add a little water!

SmartSolve Industries, producers of a unique line of environmentally friendly, water soluble, paper-based materials, offers a paper face stock that works great for this “paper soap”.

Environmentally sustainable

The paper used for the soap is earth friendly. By dissolving the paper in water, waste and paper recycling energy usage are both reduced. Even if it is thrown away, the material is biodegradable, compostable, and flushable. Also, SmartSolve’s paper face stock are FSC certified. This means that SmartSolve only sources these products from responsibly managed forests that meet a strict set of principles dedicated to preserving natural forests. Lastly, 36 green screen tests have proven that the product contains no chemicals toxic to human or environmental health. All of this means that this DIY project is totally safe, sustainable, and fun!

Making the soap

To start your paper soap, you’ll need a few sheets of 3-point face stock paper. You’ll also need a ruler (optional), a few foam paint brushes, a tray, your choice of liquid soaps, small storage containers, and a way to hang the paper to dry. Some string, tape, and binder clips can be used, but coat hangers and clothespins will also work. For storage, old mint containers work great! It’s also important to be gentle with the material.

Next, lay a sheet of paper flat onto your surface and lay the ruler on the left side of the paper and draw a line to mark off a strip you will not coat with soap. This will help you handle and hang the paper later on. You can also eyeball this without a ruler if you are confident!

Pour a line of soap a couple inches off from the right edge of the sheet. Dip a dry brush into your soap and remove the excess. Start from the line that was marked off and slowly drag the brush to the right edge of the paper, making sure no excess gets built up on the edges.

Repeat this process until the entire sheet is covered, and then flip it over and repeat. To do this, carefully pick up the paper from the strip you left uncoated with two hands. It will probably feel like you are peeling it off like a label. Do this slowly! Gently lay it down on its other side and continue your coating. Once you are done, pick it up the same way and hang it to dry. Once they are dry, cut the sheets into smaller pieces to fit inside the container you have chosen.

You are all done! This process can be repeated for hand soap, shampoo, body wash, or dish soap. Traveling just got so much easier. Thanks so much for reading, and happy crafting!

Board Stock from SmartSolve® Meets Standards for Compostable Materials

SmartSolve board stock is ideal for compostable cremation urns.

SmartSolve Industries has announced that its water-soluble board stock qualifies as compostable according to the results of testing performed by third-party laboratories NSF International, Bureau Veritas and IPS Testing. These results have been confirmed by The Ashkin Group, an independent consulting firm that focuses on sustainability programs.

The board stock passed test ASTM D6868-11, which measures specific product performance requirements and identifies potential negative effects on human health and the environment. Specifically, the test showed that the material will completely compost in 40 days and contains no hidden or unknown substances that recycled materials sometimes carry.

SmartSolve board stock is 100 percent organic and can be converted into a variety of applications, including cremation urns, pillow packs and point-of-sale hang tags. Despite being compostable, the board stock retains its durability during use, according to SmartSolve Division Leader Jonathan Jakubowski.

“Testing shows that SmartSolve board stock is fully compostable and surpasses the industry standard for compostable materials,” says Jakubowski. “However, while water slowly begins the dispersion process, the small amount of moisture absorbed from normal, everyday use will not affect its pre-compost performance.”

Compostable materials are biodegradable, but it is important to note that biodegradable products are not always compostable. “Compostable” items exhibit several characteristics:

  • While compostable items are required to break down within a specified period of time in order to be considered as such, the timeframe in which a biodegradable material should disintegrate is unclear. The FTC has yet to specify this, citing only a “reasonably short period of time” to break down.
  • Compostable material will decompose into humus, or organic soil matter. This action allows the material to be used as a nutrient-rich fertilizer, and is a staple of organic farming.
  • Materials labeled “biodegradable” do have the basic capability to breakdown into its basic component makeup. There are no specific requirements that any portion of these component parts offer some type of environmental enhancement.
  • Biodegradable materials sometimes leave a metallic residue behind after breaking down. Compostable items, conversely, must fully and completely decompose, leaving behind no trace of foreign substances.
  • Compostable materials are mainly employed as soil amendments. By their very nature, they add nutrients and improve soil health and vitality in a variety of ways. Biodegradable products provide no such benefit when they disintegrate and their contents return to nature.

“Upon dispersion,” adds Jakubowski, “SmartSolve board stock returns back to the state from which it originated, with no net loss to the environment.”