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Do you need extra durable labels?

1 years ago

At Avery, we go out of our way to make sure our labels are durable. But there are some circumstances where labels and adhesive need to be even tougher than usual!

Do you want to label items that are stored in the freezer? Do you want to wash your products at high temperatures? If so, it’s worth looking at highly durable labels. They’re also great for labelling drinks bottles that will be stored in ice buckets, for example.

Because these labels are extra durable, they can withstand temperatures that are higher or lower than usual. They also stay legible after long periods in the water, without coming unstuck.

Made of long-lasting thick film, highly durable labels can be applied to all kinds of packaging. They adhere to glass, fibre, plastic, metal and painted or printed surfaces. This makes them especially useful for:

- Cafes, restaurants and food packaging

- Science laboratories

- Portable appliance testing (PAT)

- Industrial settings

- Manufacturing processes

- Marine or boating settings


Strong labels for tough jobs

The type of plastic from which these extra durable labels are made is called polyethylene (PE). These are, in fact, industrial standard labels and you can read more about their standard certification below.

In addition to extremes of temperature and long periods in the water, these labels can also withstand exposure to oil and chemicals without losing their stickiness or becoming unreadable. Key features include:

- Unaffected by temperatures from -40° C to 150° C

- Waterproof (BS 5609 label certification)

- Oil and chemical resistant

- Suitable for handwriting – smudge-proof

- Certified for indirect food contact

- Certified for toy safety

About BS5609 label durability for marine and extreme environment

British Standard 5609 is one of the world’s most stringent tests for durability. It is used for labelling goods that are transported by sea.

To meet the standard, labels must be able to withstand being submerged in salt water for three-months. This ensures that they remain adhered, intact and legible after an extended period in the ocean.

In international shipping, the labelling of dangerous or hazardous goods often requires this certification. It ensures that if a chemical drum falls off a ship, for example, and is found at sea or washed up on the shore, its contents can be known.


Knowing that your labels can meet this high standard, you can rest assured that they’re up to the job you have in mind. See sizes and prices.