Adhesives made from materials that occur naturally in the environment.
Natural glue definition
Natural glues are adhesives that are made from plant or animal products  as opposed to synthetic or petroleum-based glues that rely on a finite resource. Natural glues will decompose within a human timeframe into biomass that does no harm to the soil around it.
Plant-based glues are usually based on soy or starch and contain naturally occurring oils, like linseed.
Animal-based glues contain gelatins derived from waste and by-product  of the meat-processing and tanning industries. The parts used to create this gelatin is usually hides, leather trimmings, blood sinew and bones of other livestock.
Why you should use natural glues
A brand may prefer to use packaging that has natural glues if they wish to distance themselves from products that rely on fossil fuels, such as synthetic glues such as Phenol Formaldehyde  .
If a brand uses compostable or biodegradable packaging, natural glues and natural inks are important as it means that the entire box can be recycled or broken down, not just the cardboard or paper pulp element.
Why you shouldn’t use natural glues
Natural glues do include glues that are based on animal products. If a brand wishes to only use vegan ingredients, then glues that contain bones, sinew and blood as components of the glue, may force them to look elsewhere.
Packhelp and natural glues.
Packhelp sells the following products that are made using natural glues:
It’s worth noting that while animal-based glues fall under the ‘natural glue’ umbrella, animal-based glues are not used in the packaging industry, as they are not strong enough.
In other words, Packhelp does not use any animal-based glue in their products.
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