How Does Humidity and Moisture Really Affect Adhesive Labels?

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If you dip an old soda bottle in warm water, you probably already know how the label might peel off more easily. The same principle applies to just about any type of piggyback label, almost regardless of how good the glue is that keeps it attached to the box, bottle or the product itself.


Depending on the type of label you attach to your products, it could be very crucial for them to stay intact while in transit, while on the shelf and even while they are taken home by your customers. An impaired label might retain a bar code or QR code that can’t be read, which could even lead to the retailer having to return or throw away your product. The end result is that you effectively lose money.


Humidity and moisture can have a strong effect on adhesive labels, especially when it’s also very warm. The combination of heat and humidity can lead to the labels curling and eventually being broken or falling off. If your label is broken right where an important bar code or a crucial piece of information is present, then that can have severe consequences. It is therefore very important to talk to the retailers you ship your products to and make sure that they take all the necessary measures to keep your products in a dry place and a controlled environment with a temperature no greater than 21 degrees Celsius.