A Leading Role in Supporting the Circular Economy

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A focus on is more important than ever. By leveraging the expertise of our employees and the innovation of our technologies, we strive to expand our contribution to sustainable development together with our customers and partners.

Adhesives and sealants make everyday products possible, playing an essential role in thousands of items; in many cases, they also empower manufacturers to produce in a more cost-effective and responsible way, allowing them to work with more sustainable substrates, improve efficiencies, and reduce materials usage, energy consumption, and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
 
Consequently, adhesives are true enablers of the circular economy benefits, including extending the durability of products and their reparability and reuse, as well as creating the opportunity to minimize waste and recycle materials at the end of their useful lives.
 

Taking the entire life cycle into account 

High performance solutions combined with a reduced environmental footprint are driving H.B. Fuller’s success and fostering the company’s growth strategy.

 

Supporting the Circular Economy with Adhesives

 

Packaging

Historically, product orders were fulfilled using one-size-fits-all shipping containers. Many packages shipped were at least double the size of the actual product inside, resulting in excess material, air, and cushioning being shipped alongside the merchandise, with an increase in freight, costs, and carbon footprint. As more automated, cut-to-size packaging lines now allow for less material waste and optimized freight costs, we are able to collaborate with customers at the testing and design stages, while developing reliable adhesives solutions that meet their fit-to-purpose packaging expectations.

Labels

With H.B. Fuller wash-off adhesives, the label comes off cleanly in the container recycling process so that no container needs to be dumped due to not being clean enough. They also reduce contamination and consumption of water as the adhesive remains attached to the label upon wash-off. Labels on containers, such as supermarket meat and fruit trays, also can be conveniently washed off with cold water, permitting the trays to be reused. Similar adhesives are available for glass and plastics.

Woodworking

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted by a range of products used at home, including paint, cleaning products, and wooden furniture and flooring. Wood naturally contains and emits VOCs, including formaldehyde, which has been reclassified by the European Union regulation as a carcinogen. Addressing these concerns, we have developed an environment-friendly formaldehyde-free adhesive that, when used in typical applications, enables the final product to emit lower formaldehyde levels than those emitted by an oak tree growing naturally in a forest.

Hygiene

We have developed specialty hot melt adhesives that facilitate thinner and more comfortable disposable hygiene products that perform well and minimize the environmental impact of disposable diapers and feminine care and incontinence products. Thinner cores require less material and energy to produce, so they require less shelf space, lower transportation costs, and reduce landfill waste.