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Reusable Labels vs. Permanent Labels

Labels | February 24 2022

Whether you are looking for food and beverage labels, cosmetic labels, or safety labels, knowing the difference between reusable labels vs. permanent labels will help you make an informed decision. That is why the experts at West Coast Labels have compiled some information for both types of adhesives to help you determine which option is the best choice for your products and needs.

Learn about the different types of label adhesives and their characteristics.

What are Reusable Labels?

Also known as repositionable labels, reusable labels utilize adhesives that are easy to remove while remaining strong enough to reapply several times. This helps to minimize wasted labels caused by human error when applying them. The ability to reposition these labels is due to the chemistry of acrylic adhesives and the process the adhesive goes through to achieve a bond with the application surface. These labels are especially useful for temporary use. For example, they can be used for items on sale that you want to sell at the regular price after the sale is over. They are also ideal for gift items as they are easy to remove for gift wrapping but can be reapplied if the recipient returns the gift.

Reusable labels are typically used for the following items and purposes:

  • Fruit, vegetables, and other perishable grocery items
  • Price tags and sale tags for consumer goods
  • Scheduled vehicle maintenance decals
  • Reusable food and beverage containers

What are Permanent Labels?

Permanent labels are designed for a one-time application, making them the ideal choice for labels that need to remain on packaging or other surfaces for a long time. Most product labels and barcodes are permanent as they need to stay on the packaging for multiple years. The degree of “permanence” for these labels is determined by the combination of the face material, level of tack, and the surface the label is applied to. Though permanent labels can be removed, this often leaves residue behind on the packaging. Despite the name, it should be noted that no label is truly permanent as time, environmental conditions, and other factors will diminish the adhesion over time.

Permanent labels are typically used for the following items and purposes:

  • Products or items that will be placed outdoors
  • Warning labels
  • Chemical labels
  • Automotive labels (VIN decals, etc.)

To learn more about the differences between reusable labels and permanent labels or for assistance choosing the right adhesive for your needs, get in touch with the experts at West Coast Labels. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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