Eco Friendly Adhesives

What are sustainable adhesives?

Sustainable (or eco friendly) adhesives promote a healthier planet by reusing certain materials for the same purpose that it was originally made for, with no alteration or treatment required. Sustainable adhesives include:

  • Repulpable
  • Renewable
  • Recyclable
  • Biodegradable
  • Compostable
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Sustainable adhesives in more detail

Compostable adhesives

Compostable adhesives are a subset of biodegradable adhesives. Unlike biodegradable adhesives, compostable adhesives are broken down in a compost pile environment. Designed to work in our existing waste remediation systems, these adhesives leave no harmful residue or waste behind once fully composted. The resulting compost will then be used to improve and fertilize the soil.

As environmentally friendly initiatives rise, more companies turn toward sustainable adhesives for their bonding needs. We work with many manufacturers that supply us with each of these types of sustainable adhesives that not only improve your environmental friendliness, they also increase operational efficiencies and enhance end-use products. For more information on how BC Adhesives sustainable adhesives can help your company, please contact us!

Repulpable adhesives

When an adhesive is repulpable, it means it dissolves completely in water during the paper re-pulping process. Repulpable adhesives are ideal for cardboard boxes, envelopes and other paper product applications because they are fully soluble in water. This makes these adhesives dissolve and eliminates the film or residue that is normally left behind.

Renewable adhesives

Are derived from renewable materials, such as plants and beeswax, and have no petroleum derivatives in their formulations. In addition to a decreased carbon footprint, they further enhance overall sustainability content for many applications, including: Paper lamination, Case and carton sealing, and bottle labeling.

Recyclable adhesives

Recyclable adhesives are often used for automotive applications as well as for glass, aluminum and steel bonding needs. Recyclable adhesives are fully compatible with the substrates they are bonded to, and can be fully melted down without yielding any adhesive waste or residue when the end use product has reached its end of life.

Biodegradable adhesives

Biodegradable adhesives are designed to be broken down by bacteria and other living organisms. During this degradation process, they lead to the production of carbon dioxide, water and other natural gases depending on the environmental conditions. Synthesized using natural raw materials and based on renewable materials, they are ideal for packaging applications, envelopes, hygiene products and medical devices especially.

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