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Packaging Adhesive and Higher Sustainability Standards

Posted on January 12, 2012 by L.D. Davis Industries, Inc

Companies are rethinking their sustainability initiatives to include adhesives and packaging.

In the past, adhesives were left as an afterthought when it came to packaging and sustainability, since they make up such a small percentage of the actual packaging.  Adhesives are incredibly important in packaging, not only because they hold things together, but because the choice of adhesive can determine whether a package is actually recyclable or not.  If the adhesive cannot be recycled, neither can the packaging.

An article from Packaging Digest’s Newsletter, “Sprint calls for higher packaging sustainability,” touches on this aspect of adhesives in packaging.  Sprint/Nextel is working to put in higher sustainability standards for both their phones and for their packaging.  When it comes to more sustainable packaging, their standards are:

  • “The elimination of plastic laminate”
  • “Use of vegetable-based or low VOC (violate organic compound) inks”
  • "Use of water-based or other environmentally-friendly adhesives.”

LD Davis can help with the last packaging standard.

The adhesives we manufacture, animal glue and liquid glue, are an excellent choice for sustainable packaging.  They are safe to use and form strong, long-lasting bonds, but are also totally eco-friendly.  Benefits to using L.D. Davis packaging adhesives include:

  • Safe for the environment
  • Safe to use
  • Water soluble
  • Non-toxic
  • Biodegradable
  • Recyclable.
Packaging Adhesives

Adhesives need to be in the forefront of the sustainable packaging decision-making process.  If adhesives are a part of the early planning stages of a sustainable package, the company will have a much smoother ride from concept to production.  L.D. Davis packaging adhesives are a great choice for green packaging because they are safe, non-toxic, and totally recyclable.

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