Switch to wooden stickers to reduce plastic usage:
Stickers made of vinyl are everywhere. As long as they are cleaned and kept in a dishwasher, they will stay looking great. Vinyl stickers are also poisoning our aquatic life, wildlife, and soil.
You can’t recycle or compost vinyl stickers after they’ve worn out or you’re finished using them to decorate your water bottle or car window. Most likely, these materials will end up in a landfill where they will slowly decompose into tiny plastic particles that will never truly decompose or disappear. It’s a huge problem that these tiny plastic pieces don’t just end up in a landfill. They’re often washed into streams and oceans, where they’re eaten by wildlife (and eventually by us). Water from our taps is also contaminated with microplastics.
In addition to our oceans, wildlife, and water supplies, these tiny plastic particles are scattered throughout the atmosphere. We consume plastic every day, not just in our food. Plastic particles, however, can often carry harmful bacteria and chemicals which in turn harm animals and humans that ingest them.
The situation is a mess, isn’t it?
After researching the problems associated with plastic, it has become increasingly clear to us that designing and selling an entirely plastic product is not within my ethics. Plastic items cannot be used for shipping or packaging, so we can eliminate plastics in those areas, but if we continue to sell plastic stickers, we are nothing but a hypocrite. It was necessary for us to find something better.
When it comes to wood, then, why?
Wood is simply a natural material. The material biodegrades. Using wood harvested from well-managed and maintained forests is a sustainable method of sourcing wood since it does not contribute to deforestation. The great thing about wood is that it can be cut very thinly (with the grain) and it can even be supple while still being strong and durable. Moreover, wooden stickers look great; the designs are engraved rather than printed on top of the wood, creating a beautifully textured appearance and feel. In the end, it’s the natural biodegradation of wooden stickers that convinces me to move away from vinyl stickers in favor of wooden stickers.
In contrast to microplastics (which will never truly disappear), wooden stickers will break down completely into the soil (especially when composted! ), thus becoming something useful and beneficial even after being repurposed into something else. The vinyl sticker’s unavoidably negative conclusion is a welcome change!
The Wooden Stickers:
This is a wood sticker made from sustainably sourced wood that contains neither chemicals nor adhesive. They are completely plastic-free and non-toxic. The story does not end there. In the past, I had purchased wooden stickers from a manufacturer that packaged each sticker in a plastic sleeve.
Cellophane is a plant-based material that eventually biodegrades, so that plastic wasn’t technically plastic. However, it looks exactly the same, and the packaging and sticker create a confusing impression for anyone who picks up that sticker in a store or looks at it online. Furthermore, carbon disulfide is released from recycling cellophane. That can lead to global warming. Maybe it’s not so environmentally friendly after all.
With eco-friendly packaging that utilizes 100% recycled paper backing cards, I have developed a better way to package my wooden stickers. On the back of the card is information about the sticker, which is then adhered to the wood sticker using a small adhesive dot. The sticker is minimal, and it does what I need it to do for my wholesale customers who need an organized way to display the stickers or a little more information about what each one does. Plastic sleeves are not necessary! But it is also a reality that most shop owners or others take wood stickers wholesale in bulk to do their marketing on some high level.
Biodegradable stickers made of wood:
Wood Stickers are biodegradable and natural in comparison to traditional stickers! In both the production and consumption of vinyl stickers, there is extremely high toxicity. Our waterways and land are contaminated when vinyl stickers break down, which releases microplastics. Wood Stickers are eventually biodegradable and essentially turn into mulch when they break down. Do wood stickers decompose over time? Regular stickers and wood stickers can last for the same amount of time. Using them indoors will make them last indefinitely. The dishwasher and outdoor elements are expected to wear out in two years.
A sustainable source of wood:
Wood Stickers are commonly asked, “What about wood?”. The main ingredient in most stickers is wood sourced sustainably and ethically. The FSC has partnered directly with many sticker makers to ensure all wood products meet high standards. Sticker makers are making the world a better place in the future by making it more sustainable.