Eco-Friendly Products

Promoting Products to Reduce Environmental Burdens

SATO carefully considers its products' effects on the environment, and has an ongoing commitment to manufacture products with low energy consumption and small space factors. For example, the Barlabe FI212T (International Model TH208) printer has a "footprint" about 16% smaller than the previous model and uses about 21% less electrical energy. "Sleep" and "Power-off" timing can be set at one-minute intervals to further reduce power consumption. This printer can also handle Linerless Labels®.

Linerless Labels®

Produced without a release liner, Linerless Labels® not only reduce the amount of raw material from trees but also shorten the production process and eliminate paper waste, leading to lower energy consumption. In comparison with conventional labels, the same sized roll contains about 40% more Linerless Labels®, reducing storage space and transportation costs.

In 2008, we invested in linerless label® production facilities, increasing the number of production lines. The annual production of these labels in FY2011 saved forestry resources to the equivalent of 1,641 Eucalyptus trees.

Kenaf Tag®

These tags use tree-free kenaf® fiber. The kenaf plant grows quickly and absorbs large volumes of CO2 and is expected to play an important role in preventing global warming.

Biodegradable Labels

SATO offers biodegradable labels that are made of tac paper, using film (whose main ingredient is corn-based polylactide resin) with natural rubber adhesives. They can be buried in the ground where they are broken down by microbes.

Label Ecobox

We propose that when labels are purchased, single use cardboard boxes should be replaced by a reusable "Label Ecobox."


Aquapeel and Alkapeel Labels

These labels can be easily removed by washing in water or alkali. Used on bottles of alcoholic beverages or returnable boxes, they support customers' reuse strategies.

Raku-Tac EPS Labels

These plastic-friendly labels use the same label base materials as the plastic containers they are applied to. This allows containers to be recycled and processed with the labels still affixed. Three types are available: polyethylene (E), polypropylene (P), and polystyrene (S) labels.