This headline, from The Gourmet Retailer, got my attention.
A paper alternative that even Fred Flintstone would love. Apparently The Penta Water Company is the first beverage company to use a new packaging label material made from limestone, no paper, no plastic. Here is a portion of what they have to say in the release.
“ThermoStone™ is made with a patented process that creates a bright white sheet that prints well, is machine-ready and is perfect for the natural products industry. By converting labels to this limestone-based product, Penta will enhance its commitment to the environment by utilizing a product that eliminates use of trees, bleach, oil and formaldehyde, and greatly reduces use of water during the manufacturing process. The labels require less energy to produce than those using PVC or plastic, resulting in lower carbon emissions and a smaller environmental footprint.”
I am still trying to do some homework on this, sounds too good to be true, but if it is half as good as it sounds it may offer an alternative for some applications.
Acknowledgments, Here are a couple links for more information.