Polypropylene or Polyethylene Labels?

When should you use PP labels? Which synthetic material should you choose for warning and product labels? This guide will help you make an informed choice as to whether you should use Polypropylene or Polyethylene substrates.

We are often asked the PP or PE question and whilst all synthetic label materials might be described as being closely related they have quite different applications and uses in mind, but what are they?

Polypropylene labels give excellent resistance to chemicals and abrasion. Perfect for weathering and impervious to spills.

Polyethylene Labels are ideal for flexible packaging, squeezable bottle labels and pouch labelling because the material allows flex and stretch.

We currently use PP label stock to produce some of our most beautiful and diverse digitally printed labels. Please ask for a sample pack or call Philippa on 01440 712273 to discuss.

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Clear Polypropylene Labels

To create that no look label you use a transparent Polypropylene (PP) material. This allows a label to give all of the vital information required whilst showcasing the product. The material has all the water-resistant qualities of other PP versions used in conjunction with a clear bottle making the clear on clear packaging you see often on high-end cosmetics and shampoo labels.

White Polypropylene Labels

Used where chemical spill and scratch resistance is required and for longer term outdoor labelling. Also used extensively for peel and reseal labels.

Metallic Labels – Polypropylene

With the same oil and water resistance qualities as the white PP and clear PP it differentiates itself with light reflecting qualities. With finishes possible from gold to silver to brushed chrome and holographic, it can create some of the most premium looking labels.

Would you like more information? Please let us know and we can talk you through the options, contact us on 01440 712 273.