Sustainable packaging is good for both the environment and your bottom line. Using sustainable best practices and materials to package your products reduces waste and conserves important resources while boosting your reputation among environmentally conscious consumers. Using recyclable packaging is an easy first step in achieving more sustainable packaging, and that requires a fully recyclable, non-toxic glue. Because they make up a small percentage of the total packaging, glues were often an afterthought in sustainability management efforts. Today, more manufacturers recognize the importance of glue in the final determination of a package’s ability to be recycled; if the glue can’t be recycled, neither can the package. LD Davis supplies two types of glues perfect for modern sustainable packaging: synthetic polymer-based liquid glue and gelatin-based animal glue.
Liquid glues, sometimes referred to as white glues, are water-based formulas that are useful in a wide variety of applications. This type of glue is especially popular because it is eco-friendly, non-toxic and safe to handle. Liquid glues do not need to be heated before application and are very easy to clean up with water. We supply three types of liquid glue formulas—resin glues, dextrin glues and starch glues—which are used in a variety of sustainable packaging applications, including case and carton sealing, laminating, rigid box manufacturing and food and beverage packaging.
Gelatin-Based Animal Glue
Gelatin-based animal glues successfully laminate almost any kind of wrap material to chipboard to make rigid boxes and are fully recyclable and eco-friendly. They form an excellent bond and make the materials they bond together recyclable once no longer in use. Gelatin-based animal glues are similar to liquid resins in that they are water-based, but animal glues are a gelled solid at ambient temperature and must be heated to liquefy for use. Our animal glues are used in lamination and to produce wrapped boards, folded boards, liners and slipcases.