DataLase’s label-free pigment technology receives Grade A rating
DataLase technology to allow for the decoration of HDPE plastic bottles without the need for labels, inks, or other filmic material has received a Grade A rating from RecyClass, the first approved certification system for plastic packaging recyclability.
DataLase’s pigment, added during the masterbatch stage of HDPE bottle production, remains invisible until activated by laser.
Achieving the highest possible level indicates that ‘the packaging does not pose any recyclability issues and the recycled plastics can potentially feed a closed-loop scheme to be used in the same quality application’, according to DataLase.
The certification process, which included a stringent examination of the product’s chemical constituents and practical recycling tests, is valid until 2026 and highlights DataLase’s commitment to global sustainability goals. The achievement was made in collaboration with Innovate UK as part of a funded project.
DataLase’s label-free pigment technology for plastic bottles offers significant benefits. The pigment is incorporated at low concentrations, ensuring no contamination or colouration during the bottle recycling process, and provides an energy-efficient alternative to direct surface printing with wet-inks or surface destructive etching.
DataLase notes its label-free solution eliminates the need for labels, inks, and consumables on plastic bottles, simplifying supply chains, lowering energy costs and lessening environmental impact. The durable graphics, barcodes, QR codes and serial numbers incorporated within the plastic bottle ensure its integrity is not compromised. The one-step method of incorporation makes the solution easy to use and implement.
Commenting on the achievement, DataLase’s chief technology officer, Ally Grant, said: “We are delighted to be awarded a grade A certification for our technology. DataLase is revolutionising the plastic bottle industry by providing a solution that allows for decoration without compromising the recyclability of the bottles. This innovative solution not only potentially helps to address recyclability issues in the plastic bottle industry, but also empowers supply chain stakeholders in their sustainability efforts.”