GluECO Adhesives, a manufacturer of sustainable adhesives, coatings, and binders received the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certification for its BondAmaize™ adhesive containing 98% biobased material.

The BondAmiaze line of adhesives are fully sustainable and contain renewable raw materials. Formulations can be fine-tuned to achieve performance characteristics for specific applications, materials, and ambient conditions. GluECO is currently focused on the packaging, textile, and construction industries, but the adhesive can also produce a clear, flexible, food-safe film which is ideal for use as a laminating adhesive for flexible food packaging.

BondAmaize products now display a unique USDA label that highlights its percentage of biobased content. The label is administered through the USDA BioPreferred® Program, which strives to increase the development, purchase, and use of biobased products.

The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label displays a product's biobased content — the portion of a product that comes from a renewable source. Utilizing renewable biobased materials displaces the need for non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals. Biobased products are cost-comparative, readily available, and perform as well as or better than their conventional counterparts.

“GluECO Adhesives is set to revolutionize the adhesives industry by providing a sustainable solution that is plant-based, eco-friendly, biodegradable, food-safe, compostable, recyclable, and repulpable,” said Dan Rosen, president and CEO. “We have created a line of adhesives, coatings, and binders that will satisfy the needs of various industries while minimizing waste and limiting the release of hazardous substances into the environment. Our goal has always been to introduce adhesive products that would stand apart from others, and receiving the USDA Biobased Certification will clearly demonstrate this to the market.”

"We applaud GluECO Adhesives for earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label," said Vernell Thompson, USDA, BioPreferred Program. "The label is intended to help spur economic development, create new jobs, and provide new markets for farm commodities. But the label also makes it easier for consumers and federal buyers to locate biobased products and consider planet-friendlier options during purchase decisions. By having their products become USDA Certified Biobased, GluECO Adhesives joins an expanding list of businesses combatting inaccurate marketing claims and the practice of greenwashing, while also contributing to a thriving bioeconomy that decreases our reliance on petroleum."

In the latest Economic Impact Report released by USDA, the biobased products industry supported 4.6 million American jobs, contributed $470 billion to the U.S. economy, and generated 2.79 jobs in other sectors of the economy for every biobased job. Biobased products also have a substantial environmental impact, displacing about 9.4 million barrels of oil a year, with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 12.7 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year.

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