If we look at environmental news, market trends, the development of the EU chemicals policy, and simply the number of customer requests for information about raw materials and end-of-use of tapes, we can see why manufacturers, suppliers, and end users are growing more concerned about the impact of their products on the environment now and in the future.
Sustainable processes, products and solutions are increasingly making their way into company policy and targets for many businesses along the adhesive tape value chain. As individual companies and as a whole, the industry is addressing issues such as:
- Complying with REACH, the EU regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
- Creating, adopting and conducting product life cycle and carbon footprint analyses
- Increasing process efficiencies
- Reducing hazardous ingredients (including solvents and VOCs), energy, and waste in production
- Using biodegradable, renewable raw materials and renewable energy
- Extending the lifetime of finished goods
- Enabling sustainability of finished goods incorporating adhesive tapes and films (fewer materials used, lightweight nature of tapes, durability of tapes, etc.).
The use of any kind of adhesive tape, when compared to an alternative solution, could very well improve the ecological footprint of your product. Furthermore, certain tape products have been developed which are environmentally benign or considered as leveraging the environmental friendliness of products. These include water-based and 100% solids tapes, low- or non-VOC adhesive tapes, solvent-free tapes made without organic solvents or toxic chemicals, and repulpable tapes.