When selecting the right adhesive technology, there are a multitude of factors to consider. You want an adhesive that is functional, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. It should also not come at the expense of safety, as exposure to petrochemicals can pose serious risks to human health and the environment.
With the emergence of BreezeBondTM, the search for a safe and reliable adhesive just got a little easier. In this article, we will walk you through the numerous reasons why BreezeBondTM is considered safe to handle.
BreezeBondTM: The “Greenest” High Strength, Soy-Based Hot Press Adhesive
BreezeBondTM was originally developed to replace urea-formaldehyde plywood adhesives. Unlike those plywood glues, which often contain harmful petrochemicals such as formaldehyde, BreezeBondTM is made predominantly from soy flour and water, with non-petroleum-derived ingredients added to enhance moisture resistance and bond strength. As a result, it is a much safer and healthier alternative for humans and the environment.
The adhesive was created using a patented no-added formaldehyde (NAF) and petroleum-free formula for forest product hot press applications, with plywood being the original focus. Specifically, researchers at the University of Wisconsin found a way to inexpensively modify the amino acid groups in soy proteins by attaching phosphorus to the amino acid groups. This research was funded by the US forest service to find a way to make forest products safer for people and the environment. Since then, further research conducted at Specialty Organics has shown that by adjusting the viscosity, BreezeBondTM also works well in many other hot-press applications!
Non-Toxic, Soy-Based Formulation of BreezeBondTM for Safe Handling
The safety of customers is of utmost importance, which is why BreezeBondTM is formulated with non-toxic ingredients. As a result, the adhesive is free from harmful substances that can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, making it safe for human handling and use. This means that workers who come into contact with the adhesive during manufacturing can do so without fear of adverse health effects, as in the case of some existing hot-press adhesives. Consumers can also rest assured that they will not inhale any fumes emanating from their wood products.
Therefore, one of the main advantages of BreezeBondTM is its low odor profile. Unlike traditional chemical adhesives that can emit a strong and unpleasant smell, the product is virtually odorless. This feature makes it more comfortable to use, improving the working conditions for employees and living conditions for the rest of us since many of us have wood products in our residences. The lack of fumes generated by the adhesive also makes it ideal for other enclosed spaces where ventilation may be limited, such as pre-manufactured (mobile) buildings.
That’s right, in addition to being safe for human handling, BreezeBondTM also has a positive impact on indoor air quality. The absence of added formaldehyde means no off-gassing, which can contribute to poor indoor air quality and cause health issues such as headaches, eye irritation, and respiratory problems. This makes it ideal indoors where air quality is a concern, such as in schools, offices, and hospitals. Considering that VOCs contribute to a number of ailments, using the right adhesive might even keep people from going to the hospital in the first place!
An optional formulation of BreezeBondTM also includes a trace non-petroleum derived additive that enhances its performance without compromising its safety. This addition further improves the product’s bond strength and moisture resistance, which may be desired in more strenuous applications. This way, users can enjoy the benefits of a reliable adhesive without worrying about its impact on their health or the environment.
Choose BreezeBondTM Hot-Press Adhesive for a Safer and Healthier Tomorrow
So, is BreezeBondTM safe to handle? The answer is a resounding yes! It is a non-toxic adhesive that is safe for workers and consumers. In fact, it may even be possible to apply to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in preformed food packaging.
At Specialty Organics, we understand that each customer has unique needs and preferences. Our comprehensive services include adhesive and coating-related custom synthesis, pilot plant proof of concept, scale-up, and we offer manufacturing services if needed as well. We specialize in hot-press adhesives and can tailor our formulations to meet your requirements.
Contact us today to learn more about our capabilities!