Which Are the Best Labels for Glass & Plastic Bottles?

Glass Labels

Sticky labels for glass and plastic bottles are very useful; they make it easy and affordable for manufacturers to create eye-catching products for supermarket shelves, while communicating all essential information to the customer.

Given how glass and plastic bottles are also highly cost-effective containers, the whole thing adds up to a seriously cheap form of product packaging.

But when it comes to choosing the right labels for class and plastic bottles, there are several key factors to consider. Each of the following will play a major role in the effectiveness and suitability of a sticky label for a specific glass or plastic bottle:

  1. The Properties of the Material

By their nature, glass bottles are hard, durable and non-porous. Some plastic bottles can also have extremely hard, smooth and shiny exterior surfaces. But then you also have plastic bottles that are comparatively soft and flexible. In the case of the latter, the sticky labels you use need to compensate for the flexibility and malleability of the surface.

A sticky glass label that works perfectly with a rigid glass bottle may be completely unsuitable for a softer plastic bottle; this also applies when comparing smooth glass/plastic surfaces to those that are rough or uneven, entirely different sticky labels may be needed to get the job done.

  • The Contents of the Bottle

This matters for the simple reason that drips and residues of whatever is inside the bottle will often inevitably make their way onto its exterior. Depending on what is inside and the type of sticky label used, this could result in the ink running, the adhesive peeling away and the label falling off entirely.

Bottled products with labels that deteriorate or peel away long before the contents are fully used can be highly unappealing. They certainly do not paint a picture of quality, in the same way as comparable products with labels that remain pristine.

  • Storage and Use Environment

You also need to think about exactly where your bottled products are going to be stored and utilised; bottles or containers stored in a refrigerator or freezer may need entirely different labels such as freezer labels, compared  to bottles stored at room temperature. Likewise, bottles that may be stored for several years (like wine) may have different requirements to those that are likely to be used within a matter of days.

Temperatures, humidity and exposure to harsh atmospheric conditions should therefore be taken into account.

  • The Shape of the Bottle

It is also essential to factor the shape of the bottle into the decision you make. Most conventional bottles have a standard cylindrical shape, calling for labels that can contend comfortably with curves. But there are also various different types of bottles that deviate from this cylindrical shape, with non-standard curves, flat surfaces and angular corners.

The shape of the bottle may render certain types of labels and adhesives inadequate for the job. The more awkward and uneven the surface, the greater the need for bespoke labels designed and manufactured to order.

Find all the labels you need at Mercury Labels.