Identify/Label Materials

Proper end of life treatment of materials relies on the users and waste disposal services knowing the type of material and preferred method of treatment. Many materials are difficult or impossible to distinguish from others without clear identification (usually in the form of labelling), and some such as home compostable materials need very clear labelling if the material is to be disposed of in the correct way.

environmental sustainability Pros: Helps to ensure optimum treatment at end of life
Cons: Labels can cause contamination if not properly designed
social sustainability Pros: Clear labelling of materials helps to educate the consumer