NewPage Corporation announced the introduction of 40-pound (65 gsm) EcoPoint, a new wet strength label paper offering environmental and performance advantages for the bottled water, juice and soft drink industries. EcoPoint 40-pound offers a notable source reduction advantage to beverage producers, with up to a seven percent reduction in label paper usage when compared to traditional 43-pound (70 gsm) bottle label papers, and is designed for optimal performance in continuous roll fed labeling operations as well as cut-and-stack labeling machines.
As a new lighter weight label paper, EcoPoint 40-pound offers label printers the ability to supply more labels per shipment to beverage bottling operations, effectively reducing both shipment frequency and storage of finished goods. Bottling line productivity also increases as more labels can be stocked in labeling equipment, resulting in longer continuous bottling runs with fewer changeovers.
“Global beverage brands are seeking new solutions to reduce label material consumption, without compromising on stringent quality and bottling performance standards,” said Ed Buehler, general manager for specialty papers. “EcoPoint 40-pound is an ideal choice, combining the environmental advantages of source reduction with the day-to-day performance our customers trust from our EcoPoint family of label papers.”
EcoPoint is available with third-party chain-of-custody certifications to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) (BV-COC-953662), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes.
EcoPoint 40-pound joins the broader range of label papers from NewPage for beverage markets which includes DuraPoint, ProPoint and LithoPoint product brands. In addition, NewPage manufactures specialty papers used in flexible packaging, technical and pressure-sensitive labeling applications.