This feature provides a listing of green products that are offered by leading adhesive and sealant companies. Use this guide throughout the year to find sustainable, green materials from renewable ingredients. To send submissions for future installments of this feature, e-mail Teresa McPherson, managing editor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BostikWood Flooring Adhesive
Bostik’s Construction & Industrial Business Unit has developed ULTRA-SET® SingleStep™, an adhesive that serves five functions in a single step. The material is a wood flooring adhesive that also provides moisture protection, sound deadening, crack isolation and mold protection.
ULTRA-SET SingleStep is a tacking formulation with very low moisture permeability. The high-performance adhesive incorporates Bostik’s Thickness Control™ spacer technology to ensure proper membrane thickness between the hardwood and substrate. In addition, it features Bostik’s BLOCKADE™ antimicrobial protection. The adhesive contains zero VOCs and incorporates post-consumer recycled content.
Phone: (888) 592-8558
Polyurethane Adhesive SystemThe Dow Chemical Co.
The Adhesives and Functional Polymers business unit of this company offers Mor-Free™ L75-173/C-145, a solvent-free, 100%-solids polyurethane adhesive system for flexible packaging. The two-component product is formulated as a lower cost alternative to adhesives currently on the market for laminating and general-to-medium performance packaging applications. Converters seeking to lower production costs for packaging laminations can apply this fast-curing adhesive at room temperature; such laminates can generally be further processed in as little as six hours. Chemical curing typically requires up to five days at ambient temperatures.
Air Leak and Gap SealantDAP Products Inc.
The EnergySaver™ high-performance air leak and gap sealant is designed for homeowners looking to reduce energy consumption and save money through home weatherization. EnergySaver is a high-performance sealant for sealing air leaks as large as 0.5 inch and suitable for use with indoor and outdoor applications. This waterproof and weatherproof sealant features flexibility and adhesion for joint movement, allowing it to expand and contract with temperature fluctuations without cracking or shrinking. The cartridge packaging contains 45% post-consumer recycled content by weight and the shipcases are supplied through a facility that is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®.
Plywood AdhesivesFranklin Adhesives and Polymers
This company, a division of Franklin International, has a new line of seven CARB-compliant adhesives for plywood products. The line introduces the company’s first-ever bio-modified adhesives, which use soy technology that the division developed during research funded through a grant from the United Soybean Board. In addition, two new bio-modified, one-part polyvinyl acetate (PVA) adhesives that meet ANSI/HPVA type-2 water resistance are offered: Multibond MX-100 for engineered hardwood plywood and Multibond MX-200 for direct-feed hot-press operations.
Phone: (800) 877-4583
Ultrabond ECO 995 can not only provide a superior bond for wood flooring installations but also protect the flooring from moisture vapor emissions coming through concrete sub-surfaces in a single application. It is manufactured with rapidly renewable materials that make it phthalate-free and virtually odor-free, adding new green dimensions to the urethane-based wood flooring adhesive and providing additional LEED points for green building projects.
Phone: (800) 42-MAPEI
Pressure-Sensitive AdhesivesOMNOVA Solutions
Three new NovaCryl™ pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) are available for the vinyl film, tape and label markets. NovaCryl PS-P 180, PS-V 700 and PS-R 50 adhesives feature varying levels of adhesion, from permanent to ultra-removable, for end uses including graphics, labeling, and removable protective films. Each PSA is free of alkyl phenol ethoxylate (APE)-type surfactants, offering a more environmentally preferred profile for certain end uses, and is available as a base polymer or a coater-ready formulation.
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