A well-designed product label can be the difference between a purchase and a missed opportunity. If your product is stored in a bottle or a jar you may be asking what are the best types of labels for glass?
Let’s explore the different types of labels available for glass containers and which type is best for your product.
Considerations when choosing a label
Products stored in bottles or jars normally fall into one of the following categories: food, beverage, cosmetics, or home products. They are often subjected to elements such as moisture, UV rays, and heat, which can cause the product labels to fade.
If labels are not moisture-proof, ink can literally disintegrate with exposure over time, making it difficult to identify the contents or worse: making your brand look bad. Moisture-proof labels are designed to withstand wet environments without losing their sharp text and vibrant colors.
Items packaged in glass bottles or jars are often subjected to filtered sunlight, especially when the item is food or beverage that is stored in a kitchen or outside environment. Sunlight can degrade or discolor labels that do not have the correct UV protectant.
Heat tolerant labels are essential for home products such as candles that burn for long periods of time; an unlaminated paper label may show discoloration when exposed to heat.
Types of labels
Based on these considerations, the best types of labels for bottles and jars are:
- BOPP – Biaxially-oriented polypropylene labels are versatile and durable. BOPP labels are waterproof and won’t show stains from a product that contains oil making it an excellent option for food or cosmetic items. Clear BOPP labels are great for showcasing items like honey, jams, or jellies.
- Vinyl – Vinyl is a type of plastic, making it thin, waterproof, heat and oil resistant. This type of label material is pliable and can accommodate cylinder-type shapes. It’s a great choice for bottles and jars that hold candles, food items, beverages, or oil-based items.
- Metallic foil – Metallic foil labels are waterproof and durable and can create stunning branding displays. A metallic foil can be embossed or stamped too.
- PET – A type of polyester, PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate and is a plastic resin material. PET labels have a high tolerance against chemicals, UV, and heat (up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit). PET is the easiest and most common type of plastic to recycle, making it a great choice for sustainability.
Types of label printing
Label printing directly to a glass container uses various methods, including screen printing, thermal transfer, and direct thermal. Each of these methods has its benefits and drawbacks, and the best method for label printing will depend on the specific application.
Screen printing – this is the most common method of label printing on glass bottles, it’s a versatile and affordable option that can produce high-quality labels.
Thermal transfer – this method uses heat to transfer labels onto the glass surface.
Direct thermal – uses a special printer that applies labels directly to the glass surface.
Choose Ritter’s Printing & Packaging for all your labeling needs
At Ritter’s Printing & Packaging, we’ve provided premier label printing since 1988 and are excited to work with you on your next product label project.
We offer a wide variety of printing services with templates for every project, excellent quality, fast turnaround times, and top-notch customer service. Find us Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM at 1660 W. McNab Rd in Fort Lauderdale or give us a call at 954-771-7204. We value integrity and loyalty and treat every customer like family.