Sato has announced the launch of a series of labels that absorb and reduce the CO2 that is released into the atmosphere when labels are incinerated.

The line, called Econano, is made with a CO2 absorbent being added to the label's adhesive. The absorbent reduces the amount of CO2 released at the point of incineration by over 20% compared with conventional labels. It said that by combining Econano technology with Sato's Nonsepa linerless label series, it is possible to achieve an approximate 50% reduction in Co2 emissions at the time of incineration.

Econano was developed by the Sato group in collaboration with Professor Masahiko Abe of the Tokyo University of Science, and the University's venture company, ACTiiVE.

"Reducing carbon emissions is a challenge for all businesses today," said Sato president Etsuo Fujii. "But the cutting-edge technology SATO employs in its ECONANO® series labels offers our customers a helping-hand in achieving their environmental targets, and provides them with solutions beneficial to all levels of consumer goods product identification and supply chain labelling."