How Can You as a Manufacturer, Go Green?

Practice the 3 Rs – Key Components to Being Environmentally Friendly

Reuse –
Reuse select post-manufacturing waste, packaging and other renewable materials to make a new product, such as glass, metals, paper, compost, plastics, rubber products, and waste gelatin.

Recycle –
Recycle by converting waste into valuable products. Recycling creates jobs, contributes feedstock to manufacturing, and adds significant value to the entire U.S. economy.

Reduce –
Reduce waste by understanding your production process and identifying where and how to minimize resource and energy use.

Incorporate Natural Adhesives into your production process

When specifying the materials needed to produce a product, eco-savvy manufacturers should consider not only their costs and usability, but what environmental impact these materials will have both pre and post manufacture.  The life-cycle approach to product manufacturing considers many factors, including energy efficiency and consumption, environmental impact of virgin raw material acquisition, product performance, recycled content, recyclable characteristics, transportation and distribution impacts, use/reuse and disposal risks. 
Incorporating natural, recycled raw materials makes valuable sense when you consider the positive impact of reducing water and energy usage, wastewater production, and disposal in landfills.  This approach is called using rapid renewables, and it’s how manufacturers turn “trash” to treasure, with an added environmentally responsible component.

The life-cycle approach to product manufacturing

By using adhesives made with rapid renewables as part of your raw materials mix, you can double your eco-efficiency. 

Protein-based adhesives are environmentally-safe, water-soluble and dissolve easily.  And unlike hot melts and resins, natural adhesives will never interfere with a product‘s recyclablility.

Is it time for you to move into Green Manufacturing?

We can help you respond to the increase in demand for green products by supplying environmentally sustainable adhesives -- considered by the FDA to be among the safest materials used in industry today.  Our team has worked on thousands of projects; may we help you with yours?

STARFLEX Jelly Glues are:

• Recyclable

• Repulpable

• Non-Toxic

• Renewable Resource Based

• “Natural” Raw Materials


Frequently Asked Questions

What is STARFLEX Jelly Glue made of?

Why is it called "Jelly Glue"?

What is unique about using all
natural glue?

How is STARFLEX Jelly Glue used?

What types of applications can STARFLEX Jelly Glue be used for?

Are there any special handling characteristics that users of STARFLEX Jelly Glue should know about?

What is STARFLEX Jelly
Glue made of?

It is a water-based adhesive whose essential ingredient is Collagen, a natural polymer. Collagen proteins, derived from natural sources, are mixed with other safe ingredients including sugar, Epsom salts, glycerin, and water. A key ingredient in our jelly glues is gelatin produced as a by-product of the manufacturing processes of nationally known food and pharmaceutical companies.

Why is it called "Jelly Glue"?

When STARFLEX is manufactured, it is in a liquid state at 150°F (65°C). After quality control approval, STARFLEX is then filtered and allowed to solidify before it is wrapped and packaged to customer satisfaction.

What is unique about using
all-natural glue?

STARFLEX Jelly Glue is safe to use. It is non-hazardous, non-toxic, and its vapors are safe. It is recyclable, repulpable, and biodegradable. Therefore, it does not pollute waste disposal areas. Collagen is manufactured from products which would otherwise require substantial disposal area space.

How is STARFLEX Jelly Glue used?

It is melted, preferably in a temperature controlled, jacketed gluepot, or premelt tank, to 140°-150°F (60°-65°C). It may be used undiluted or diluted to your preferred viscosity with clean hot water. It is applied by a wide range of very sophisticated machines; or it may be applied with bench type gluers, brushes, or rubber rollers. Generally, hot STARFLEX is applied to one of the surfaces to be bonded, and the surfaces are joined and compressed. The adhesive film cools and the bond forms.

What types of applications can STARFLEX Jelly Glue be used for?
Generally it will bond surfaces which are water sensitive, such as paper, board, cloth, foam, backed fabrics/vinyl, and the like. Special custom STARFLEX formulas are available to bond difficult-to-stick surfaces.

Are there any special handling characteristics that users of STARFLEX jelly glue should know about?
As all-natural Jelly Glue is a dynamic product, we recommend that you rotate your stock, using the oldest lots you have on hand first. The proper temperature to prepare the glue for application is 140°-150°F (60°-65°C)  Do not overheat STARFLEX, as high temperatures (e.g. 180°F [83°C] and above for 30 minutes) will burn the glue and destroy the protein content. STARFLEX cleans up easily with hot water.  We recommend keeping melters and application machinery clean as it helps in promoting good adhesion and adhesive mileage.  Using only hot, fresh water is recommended for dilution and clean up. Avoid stagnant water at all times to minimize the chance of bacterial contamination.