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The Enduring Value of Durable Labels

caution labels 2All labels are NOT created equal. While it's true that many, if not most, roll and sheet labels are used in what amount to dry shirt-sleeve environments, sometimes labels with a little something extra are required—and we don't just mean style and flair, though we can do that too. Durable labels are meant to be applied in and last through all kinds of harsh environments: severe heat, severe cold, excessive moisture, chemical contact, corrosion, abrasion, deliberate defacing, and any mixture of the above; basically, long-term exposure to elements natural and unnatural. Your plain non-gloss paper labels, as useful as they are, just aren't enough to handle all those.

 

Durable labels tend to be made of coated paper or plastics like biaxial oriented polypropylene (BOPP), vinyl, and polyolefin. Many also have specially formulated adhesives, as required by the environment. For example, cryogenic labels need resin-based adhesives that remain sticky down to -300° or even lower, while everyday frozen-food labels rarely have to adhere at temperatures below -65.

 

Squeeze bottles for food and other products need deformable, durable labels, usually of plastic. Oil drums require special adhesives that aren't loosened by oil spillage, and tough stock materials that can be cleaned up without eroding or smearing. Other labels require inert stocks that won't react to acids or caustic solutions, as well as tough, inert adhesives. Meanwhile, labels used in warehouses, outdoors, on machine parts, on tires, or on wooden pallets need to be super-tough so they don't get abraded away during normal operation, or melted by heat—either natural heat or that found in high-performance and industrial machines. In that case, we recommend metallic labels, sometimes with additional overlays for ever more protection.

 

We can make these types of durable labels and more in the colors, materials, and adhesives you need. Whether they're for shampoo bottles, acid carboys, oil decanters, petroleum barrels, gasoline pumps, danger awareness, parts inventory, or frozen foods, Etiquette Systems can handle it. Contact us with your specs, details, and art, and we'll shoot you a quote you'll find quite competitive.

Why Our Sheet Labels Are Cool

freezer sheet labelsYou may be wondering about the title. You see, our sheet labels are so cool they make Absolute Zero jealous, and they're cool in more ways than one. First of all, they're cool because they can handle the cold. All our sheet labelsinclude freezer-grade adhesives, so they're perfect for labeling refrigerated food, popsicles, ice cream, those catfish you caught last weekend, even your homemade frozen dog treats (plain yogurt, peanut butter, and mashed banana = Yum). Our plain paper sheet labels adhere at temperatures down to -40° F, and the coated paper and vinyl labels can handle down to -65°—or the height of North Dakota and Yukon winters, respectively. But more on that on our sister Freezer Labels site.

What's cooler about sheet labels is that they exist at all. For those of you belonging to the Baby Boomer and X Generations, cast your minds back to the time before 1981. You Millennials, imagine that CDs and DVDs hadn't been invented, much less decent cell phones and desktop computers. Yes, it was that scary back in the Dark Ages, when the only way to do DYI labels was to roll them into a typewriter and hope you could keep the lines even... unless you decided to hand-write every single one. The horror!

Then Jobs and Gates started competing to see who could make the best computer, the desktop industry was born, and someone invented laser printers that produced sharp, beautiful pages. Later, inkjets got just as good. Now there was a perfect reason to expand the world of 8.5" x 11" sheet labels, to make them in all sizes and shapes, and to create software to make it easy to print them on desktop printers. Now that's cool.

Need some blank sheet labels? Check our Sheet Labels page. If you're not fond of DIY labels, call us, and we'll print them for you for a reasonable fee. Let us know what you need and when, and we'll get a quote to you stat.

Labeling Cannabis Edibles in Nevada

Labels for Cannabis EdiblesLabeling Cannabis Edibles in Nevada

It makes me feel kinda old, but I can remember a time when even the suggestion that         marijuana should be legal anywhere, for any reason, would have gotten you screamed at. Most people wouldn't even consider its use for medical reasons. And this wasn't all that long ago!

Nowadays, the medical benefits of marijuana for cancer and pain treatment have been proven. I won't get into social issues here, but as of this month, marijuana is also legal for recreational use in eight states (including the entire West Coast, big surprise there), as well as for medical use in 20 other states and D.C. One result is that suddenly, producers of cannabis products are really going to need a lot of labels—and at Etiquette Systems we're standing by, ready to provide them.

The market for edible cannabis products is ripe for exploitation. There will surely be cannabis-infused brownies, cookies, granola, trail mix, cake, and for all we know, tacos popping up within the next few weeks… and guess what? They all need custom printed labels!

The Nevada legislature has been very strict about what the labels of medical marijuana edibles have to include, encoding the rules in state statutes as NAC453A.512. It's been less fastidious about labels for non-medical cannabis edibles, as the passage of the referendum legalizing recreational use seems to have surprised lawmakers, but the legislature has voted in a few emergency rules. You can take a look at the details here, but we'll run down the most important aspects of all of Nevada's cannabis edibles labeling laws for you.

First of all, the labels can't be attractive to children, so nothing too flashy or cartoony except maybe for your logo. Any such features on existing labels have to be covered up, especially for non-medical edibles. (Oh, BTW, did you know we make blackout and correction labels too?)

Several emergency requirements were added to existing Nevada marijuana laws on June 28, 2017 regarding cannabis edibles, specifically to keep dispensaries from selling:

  • Any products that contain any more than 10 milligrams of THC per dose or more than 100 milligrams of THC per package. 
  • Any products that appear to be lollipops, ice cream, or are modeled after a brand of products marketed to children. 
  • Any products that look like real or fictional characters or cartoons. 
  • Any products that apply THC to candy or snack foods other than dried fruit, nuts or granola. 
  • Any cookie or brownie products that are not in a sealed, opaque bag. 
  • Any products that have images of cartoon characters, action figures, toys, balloons or mascots on the labeling. 

Also as of June 28, the cannabis product label has to read: "THIS IS A MARIJUANA PRODUCT" in bold type, and also has to include "Keep out of reach of children" and an ingredients list. 

Otherwise, you basically have to stick with the medical marijuana rules, which require you to print in at least 12-point font on the labels of all "marijuana-infused products" the following announcements and warnings:

  • (a) “Caution: When eaten or swallowed, the intoxicating effects of this drug may be delayed by 2 or more hours.”

(b)  “This product may have intoxicating effects and may be habit forming.”

(c)   “This product may be unlawful outside of the State of Nevada.”

(d)  “There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.”

(e)   “This product contains or is infused with marijuana or active compounds of marijuana.”

(f)   “Should not be used by women who are pregnant or breast feeding.”

(g)   “For use only by the person named on the label of the dispensed product. Keep out of the reach of children.”

(h)  “Products containing marijuana can impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.”

All of those are required -- no kidding! And on top of all that, for medical cannabis edibles the label has to include the business name; the medical marijuana establishment registration certificate number; the lot numbers of all marijuana used to create the product, the batch number of the product; the date and quantity dispensed, including the net weight in ounces and grams or by volume, as appropriate; the name and registry identification card number of the patient and, if applicable, the name of his or her designated caregiver; the name and address of the medical marijuana dispensary; the date on which the product was manufactured; if the product is perishable, a suggested use-by date; the total milligrams of active cannabinoids and terpinoids in the product, as provided by the independent testing laboratory that tested the product; a list of all ingredients and all major food allergens as identified in 21 U.S.C. §§ 343; and if a marijuana extract was added to the product, a disclosure of the type of extraction process and any solvent, gas or other chemical used in the extraction process, or any other compound added to the extract.

Whew! It's almost like the state is actively trying to discourage manufacturers from producing cannabis edibles. No worries, this is all likely to change once the serious tax dollars start rolling in!

Meanwhile, if you need a label producer for your new cannabis smoothies or cookies, shoot us an email or give us a call here at Etiquette Systems for a quote. Obviously, we're up on all the labeling requirements for Nevada… and we'll be happy to study up on the labeling requirements of your state if you're not in Nevada.

The "I Seafood, I Eat It" Diet

seafood labelsFish is one of nature's finest foods, especially large ocean fish like tuna and swordfish. It's full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for both the heart and the brain; plus, it's low in fat and cholesterol, high in protein, and has no carbs. What's not to love? Other seafood, like shrimp, lobster, crabs, and other crawlies are also great, plus they add much-needed iodine to your diet. While some people are allergic to seafoods, especially shellfish, it's otherwise among the world's healthiest food groups.

Healthy food deserves healthy custom printed labels, and you know where you can find the best in the business? Right here, that's where. Because seafood has to be kept cold or frozen, you need the best freezer labels you can get—labels that will never come loose and fall off if exposed to freezing cold, or the condensation and frost that can come with it. Freezer labels are one of our specialties here at Etiquette Systems. Unlike some fishy suppliers, we don't just resell label orders and send them to the Third World to be printed cheaply. We make our labels in-house on our own press—so you can count on the quality.

Seafood labels are more than just identifiers of the kind of product inside the package. We can provide expiration stickers for you to print yourself, as well as custom-printed health warning stickers for items like oysters, sourcing labels to tell you where the seafood comes from, labels that indicate whether it was farmed or wild-caught, and just as importantly, whether the fishery is sustainable. People will happily pay more for seafood from sustainable fisheries, and they do want to know. We can even print distinctive Marine Stewardship Council labels, certifying your products as sustainable.

With all that going for us, why go anywhere else for your seafood labels? Contact us for a quote, and we'll hook you up!

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