Vinyl and Polypropylene, also known as BOPP, labels are the most common types of product labels that people imagine when they want something that is durable, long-lasting, and moisture-resistant. Both of these types of labels have many pros and cons, but since they are so similar, some people might not be sure of which labels they should use for their product. Read on to find out everything you need to know about vinyl and BOPP labels, including strength, dimensions, and even a price comparison.
Scopes of Vinyl and Polypropylene Labels
The first aspect to look at is scope, which refers to what each type of label is used for.
Vinyl labels are most commonly used with construction materials, bumper stickers, floors, and house siding. However, many printing companies do not recommend vinyl for materials because of how thick they are, making vinyl labels much more difficult to apply to products. While white removable vinyl labels are the most flexible, these are still used for more heavy-duty purposes, including home organization, bumper stickers, window stickers, and outdoor purposes.
Polypropylene labels are much thinner than vinyl labels, giving them a much wider scope. However, it is better to be used for products indoors because it does not offer protection against UV rays. In addition, it has a permanent adhesive, making these labels more difficult to remove from surfaces. So, they are generally used for product packaging, beauty products, industrial machinery, and oil products.
Vinyl and BOPP labels tend to be more expensive than their paper counterparts due to the strong materials and adhesives used in manufacturing. However, vinyl labels are much thicker and more rigid than BOPP labels, making them the more expensive option. If you are on a tight budget, BOPP labels are the way to go for value and affordability while still getting a strong, durable label. Another thing to keep in mind is that the larger your order is, the better value you will be getting no matter which material you choose.
Due to their sheer thickness and strong adhesives, both vinyl and BOPP labels are water-resistant, making them great options for any products that will be exposed to moisture or humidity. However, vinyl is dishwasher safe, and it can be used outdoors. BOPP labels should solely be used for indoor purposes, and this material is known to degrade when it encounters severe conditions.
Strength, Durability, and Elasticity
Both vinyl and BOPP labels are extremely strong and durable, especially when compared to paper labels. Most people think of these materials when they want something that they know is going to last them forever. However, the strength of these labels is measured in different ways. Vinyl works better for products that need to be stored outdoors or in cold environments, but BOPP is a good choice for food labels or refrigerated products. Vinyl is the clear winner in terms of durability and strength, but that doesn’t mean that BOPP falls too far behind. They both create a permanent adhesive, making them best for disposable products. In terms of elasticity, BOPP labels are the clear winner. If your product is curved or comes in a tube, you definitely don’t want to try using a vinyl label for that. They are hard to bend and apply, and vinyl labels are twice as thick as BOPP labels, making them not so good for elasticity purposes.hh
Vinyl labels are very thick- around 4 mm- making them unrealistic for use on tubes and other similar products. They are printed on 8.5 x 11 pages, however, so you will have no trouble removing them from their paper. BOPP labels come in rolls, and most companies will manufacture a minimum of 250 labels per roll. The individual sizes can be determined with the printing company when you place your order.