Organic Glue Sticks
Four hundred years – that’s how long microplastics made of adhesives remain in the environment. Scientists at the Thuringian Institute of Textile and Plastics Research (TITK) in Rudolstadt are therefore developing a bio-adhesive that is 100 percent environmentally friendly.
Researchers extract the ingredients of the “organic hotmelt adhesive” from lactic acid bacteria, resins and waxes. Manufacturers will then be able to use it to glue everything from cartons, book covers and clothing to sanitary towels and diapers.
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