For the adhesives industry, sustainability is becoming an essential value proposition. Increasing consumer demand and regulations have contributed to the growth of sustainable initiatives globally. As companies strive to meet these expectations and differentiate in the market, a variety of terminology and criteria have emerged.
The rise of bio-based, biorenewable, biodegradable, and recyclable labels and claims have led to some confusion among manufacturers, formulators, and end users about their meaning and effect on product quality. Thus, there is a need to instill more rigor and transparency—both in how the industry defines and verifies sustainability and how companies measure it within their product development and supply chain.