Finnish UPM Raflatac and Swiss Mettler Toledo are set to launch a self-adhesive thermal paper for variable information printing (VIP) labelling, as part of a cooperation agreement.

Designed for applications in retail and logistics the new line Labeling Green comes with a recyclable PP liner, where the developer function is achieved using different chemistry to that based on various phenol raw materials.

The ProLiner PP30 can be recycled through UPM Raflatac‘s RafCycle waste management concept or any other PP recycler in the market.

The company says that additional benefits include more material on reel and a long thermal print head life, and that the launch of the new line will allow customers to minimise health risk and environmental impact.

Mettler Toledo business development manager for consumables Bruno Goudard said the partnership will allow users to benefit from the technology available in the label and paper development.

According to the European Food Safety Authority, based on the available information, Bisphenol A (BPA), commonly used as a colour developer in thermal papers, poses no risk to human health.

However, some retail chains have moved away from BPA due to public speculation over BPA’s health effects.

UPM Raflatac has also launched FSC certified, BPA- and phenol-free alternatives to traditional thermal label stock, in response to the concerns about the health effects of BPA.