What are BOPP Labels? How Do They Improve Your Product Labeling?
When choosing label materials it can be difficult to find which works best for your products and which is most cost effective, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We are here to tell you about BOPP labels. One of our favorite labeling materials that we provide and one that you should consider using as well.
In this article we will explain what BOPP actually is, why it is important for labeling, the different types of BOPP material, and why you should be using it today. Our goal today is that you will use this information in considering the use of BOPP labels for your business.
What is BOPP?
BOPP is an acronym which stands for biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film is film stretched in both machine and transverse directions, producing molecular chain orientation in two directions. (“Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene.” Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene – an Overview | ScienceDirect Topics, www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/biaxially-oriented-polypropylene.)
So what does this actually mean? Essentially what is happening is that a plastic film is stretched in two different directions, which causes the material to strengthen and improve clarity.
Why is BOPP So Important for Labeling?
As stated before, this process improves the material’s strength and clarity. the other reasons why BOPP labels are so important is because of its improved oil and grease resistance, as well as its enhanced barrier to water. This material also allows for impact resistance, low-temperature impact resistance, and flexcrack resistance; all of which makes this material super durable.
There are some added benefits of using BOPP labels one of which is important to health and that is it’s low toxicity. The last thing we would want is a material that is highly toxic, fortunately BOPP is not. And the last benefit of using BOPP labels is that they can be produced in large quantities. which means your business will benefit from a seamless supply chain and reliable material availability.
These advantages are all great advantages and we believe BOPP fits a wide array of industries. Some of the industries we have seen BOPP labels excel in are: Food and Beverage, Cannabis, Medical Device, Healthcare, Contract Packaging and more!
What Kind of Materials Does BOPP Utilize?
BOPP label material comes in several different forms, the decision of which variant to use all depends on your business and its unique labeling needs. Below we have broken down the advantages of each BOPP variant.
- White BOPP
- Most popular choice. This material is also the most non-toxic and has the highest durability among the others.
- Clear BOPP
- Typically used for beverage and bottle labels. Makes the label material look invisible and the print pop.
- Semi-Gloss BOPP
- Makes a smooth surface without glare and reflectivity.
- Metallic BOPP
- Made to add a chrome flair to your labels, but provides virtually the same amount of durability and water resistance as white labels.
Why You Need to Start Using BOPP?
The advantages of choosing BOPP labels are many, here are just a few examples of why you should start using this material today. Firstly, we would like to touch upon the durability factor of this material. BOPP is a very strong material that also provides a high water and oil resistance, which is a clear advantage over paper labels and vinyl label material. BOPP is strong enough to resist scratches and tears on the surface of the labels as well.
Secondly, and one of the most important advantage is that BOPP labels are great for food labels. They are food safe due to their low toxicity and perfect for labeling food packaging. Because of their highly thin and flexible material properties, they are able to adhere to any container surface that you want them to. This does not only apply to food packaging, but also applies to cosmetics as well. These labels are perfect in protecting your packaging from oils and other substances found in cosmetics.
Lastly, as an added bonus to both of the previous advantages, because BOPP labels have a very strong adhesion to the products they are placed on, you can be sure they will not come off your packaging during use of the product. This ensures that useful information and branding stays present to the end user of your products.
We are confident that BOPP labels can become part of you labeling process and we highly recommend you schedule a consultation to speak with a labeling expert to learn more about BOPP labels and how they can help your business in its labeling processes.