During the in-mould labelling process, an indissoluble bond is created between label and
injected part and generally the label is printed on a material made of the same polymer as the injection material.
These are the foundations of the sustainability of IML. The fact that a labelled plastic part is mono-component
means that it can be recycled without problems. Other labelling technologies rely on the fact that the
consumer removes the label before disposing the container, which is not always done. An IML container is normally mono-component and does not require action by the end user before disposing. The presence of ink is tolerated for
mechanical downcycling and is not problematic for both chemical recycling and some new deep cleaning technologies.
Being mono-component is a must.