Materials suppliers and film processors have been hard at work creating new label offerings compatible with PET bottle recycling. Eastman partnered with Sun Chemical to advance the development of an adhesive that enables shrink labels such as those shown here to deseam and release during the bottle-wash step of the wet recycling process. Using Topas COC, Taghleef Industries introduced its polyolefin TDS film that is clear and floatable with up to 65% shrinkage. Topas says its COC enables label manufacturers to make low density, flotation separable labels that meet APR guidelines. Shrink-sleeve labels: You see the eye-catching designs everywhere these days on food, beverages and consumer products. Brand owners love them because they offer plenty of real estate on the container to communicate what the product is and overall messaging on a 360° marketable area of the package. And the trend isn’t slowing down—the shrink-label market is expected to grow at a 5.2% annual rate through 2021, reaching $245 million in sales, according to The Freedonia Group’s study, Stretch & Shrink Sleeve Market in the U.S. While the labels are a success story for brands, they also present a headach...