Eco-Friendly Glues: Part One

Posted on April 30th, 2012 by Maria Verros

Eco-Friendly Adhesive Products

L.D. Davis Industries manufactures a wide variety of protein-based glues and liquid water-based glues, which are all eco-friendly, completely non-toxic, and easily recyclable. Today, we’d like to feature our eco-friendly protein adhesive products, which are also commonly called animal glue or hide glue.

Protein Adhesive

Eco-friendly protein adhesives have been around since ancient times, and are commonly used in bookbinding, woodworking, case making, and box-making applications. Protein adhesives are made up of just a few all-natural ingredients, which include:

  • Gelatin
  • Glycerin
  • Water
  • Epsom Salt
  • Corn Sugar

Since these raw materials are naturally recyclable, protein adhesives are also completely biodegradable. They will begin breaking down only weeks after being recycled back into the natural environment.

Protein Adhesive

Protein Adhesive Manufacturing

Background Information

Protein adhesives, (just a reminder, also known as animal glue and hide glue) come in cake form and must be melted prior to use. Protein adhesives are usually applied to a substrate by use of a wheel, roller, or pad. The term protein adhesives come from the type of gelatin used in the adhesive manufacturing process, most commonly called technical gelatin. The protein found in this gelatin is animal protein, historically extracted from the hides and bones of pigs and cattle, hence the alternate names, animal glue and hide glue.

We are proud of our protein-based adhesive line of eco-friendly glues. Not only are they already used in a wide variety of applications; they are easily customizable for a number of variables to increase their usage potential. For more information on our eco-friendly line of protein adhesives, please check out the below video, visit our website, leave a comment, or communicate with us via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+.

Protein Adhesive Manufacturing Plant Tour