The Label Popper Helps You Properly Recycle a Can’s Paper Label

by , 01/30/12

Every year, Americans recycle 19.5 Billion steel cans, but when a can is recycled, the label is burned up as the metal is melted. Because of this, more than 1 million trees worth of paper is destroyed every year. So what’s the solution? Remove can labels and recycle them with all other paper. Designed to encourage recycling can labels, the Label Popper provides a safe, easy and fun way to remove labels before you recycle the can.

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  1. Steve Nazarian January 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    @recycleurself, actually it is much less simple than it appears. Dull knives don’t work, neither do letter openers (they are too thick). Our product is made to a tolerance of 5/1000 of an inch which is just the right size to get under the label without being sharp. Yes, you can use a sharp knife, but children can’t and a knife is not on the fridge reminding you to remove the label. Our latest version of the product that will be out this year will be all plastic and made from 60% recycled PET water bottles. It will be coded for further recycling. It will be made in a factory that makes its own wind-based electricity. While the Label Popper may not be for everyone, it is a reminder of all the little things we can do to improve out recycling and reduce our impact. Thanks for your comments and if nothing else, remove those labels from your cans.

  2. recycleurself January 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    It’s great to bring awareness to the fact that so many can labels are not being properly recycled. Does anyone really need a Label Popper though? Seem like another piece to end up in the land fill, not to mention what impact it’s production has on the environment also. Seems a butter knife, letter opener, scissor, or almost anything could be used to perform the same function. We need less junk, not more.

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