Linerless Labels: What Are They & What Are The Benefits?

Switching to linerless labels can help your organisation to reduce waste, cut costs and operate in a more environmentally-friendly way. Learn more below.

Keeping costs down and finding sustainable solutions are among the biggest challenges organisations today face – and tackling them can feel like an enormous task. However, sometimes simple changes can make a big difference, such as transitioning to linerless labels.

Linerless labels offer a convenient and cost-effective solution for organisations who frequently print out labels as part of their operations. But what exactly are linerless labels and should you make the switch? We cover some of your frequently asked questions below.

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What are linerless labels?

As their name suggests, linerless labels are labels which don’t require a ‘liner’. In other words, there’s no backing paper that needs to be peeled off before they can be stuck down. Linerless labels adhere to themselves, so they’re ready to be stuck straight onto a surface as soon as they are printed out and can be cut off at any length.

An easy way to think of linerless labels is like a roll of sellotape – you can cut it off at any point and stick it down straight away. This is different to a traditional or ‘adhesive’ label, which requires the backing paper to be peeled off first and is usually printed out at a predetermined size.

What are the benefits of linerless labels?

More labels for your money

Labelling is an essential part of many people’s jobs and there will be times when they’re printing a high volume. Procurement and finance teams know that printing can be a significant overhead – but by going linerless you can get as much as 50% more labels per roll.

Depending on the number of rolls your organisation gets through per month, this could be a major saving with no impact to operations. You don’t have to store as many labels either, which frees up valuable space and helps your organisation to be leaner overall.

Cut down on waste

Since they don’t have any backing paper, linerless labels help to reduce the amount of commercial waste your organisation produces, especially if you print high volumes of labels. In addition, the backing paper of traditional labels often can’t be recycled – unlike linerless labels, which are silicone and PBA / PBS free, and widely recyclable.

Staff and customers today expect organisations to follow sustainable practices. Making conscious efforts to do so will enhance your brand image and could help you to attract new business from customers who are more environmentally conscious.

They produce less CO2

Another benefit of the reduced physical waste of a linerless printer, is that the labels also produce 50% less carbon compared to ones with backing paper. This contributes towards your carbon emissions targets.

Increased productivity

The fact that linerless labels don’t need to be replaced so frequently means staff can get on with their job, without having to replace the paper so often. There’s also the convenience of being able to stick the labels straight down (without having to peel the paper off). Just a few minutes saved here or there throughout the week can increase productivity over a month or year, especially if labels are produced repetitively.

Flexible label sizes

Labels with backing (adhesive labels) tend to be pre-cut into one size, so users might struggle to fit all the information they need to on the label, or else waste paper unnecessarily if minimal text is required. With a linerless solution, the text fits the label perfectly because you simply tear it off depending on how much you want to include.

What applications can linerless labels be used for?

Linerless labels can be used across a diverse range of products and industries due to their versatility and adaptability. These labels are ideal for various packaging needs in logistics and warehousing, as their adhesive properties make them suitable for both permanent and removable labelling requirements, catering to a wide spectrum of product types.

They are also frequently used across a variety of other industries including: 

  • Retail & Hospitality – They offer an ideal solution for quickly labelling stock on the go and labelling items of foods with dates or allergens.
  • Medical & Healthcare – Frequently used for the recording of test results, updating of patient records and sample labelling.
  • Laboratory & Bioscience – They can be used for on-demand printing of test results, data logs, and sample records alongside a variety of labelling requirements.
  • Policing & Law Enforcement – They offer an efficient solution for applications such as incident recording and the printing of forensic evidence labels.
  • Fire & Safety – They can be integrated into electrical testing equipment such as PAT testing for a quick and efficient labelling solution.

There are endless opportunities for organisations to take advantage of the convinience of linerless labels.

How to make the switch to linerless labels

In order to make the transition to linerless labels within your organisation you’ll need to ensure that the printers you use are compatible with linerless printing. Not all thermal printers are, so make sure you find a printing solution that is suited to your needs.

A number of Able’s small desktop and mobile (handheld) printers are compatible with linerless labels. So if you’re thinking of making the switch, browse our range of linerless printers online or get in touch to discuss a bespoke solution for your organisation.

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