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DSM launches plant-based resins for packaging
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:15.Dec.2020

DSM is launching sustainable, plant-based Decovery resins for the packaging industry. Starting with the Decovery SP-6400XP, with others to follow, this announcement paves the way for packaging producers to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

With the launch of the SP-6400XP – part of DSM’s Decovery range of resins for the creation of adhesives, primers, inks and topcoats – DSM is helping brand owners to take a significant step towards meeting their environmental and sustainability pledges while also moving towards fully bio-based solutions.

 

New Decovery SP-6400XP is a low-NoAH alkali-soluble acrylic copolymer dispersion with high clarity and flexibility. It is particularly suited to adhesive application, such as removeable paper labels for bottles and domestic adhesives.


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New Decovery SP-6400XP is a low-NoAH alkali-soluble acrylic copolymer dispersion.


It has a significantly lower carbon footprint than conventional, oil-based alternatives, while also being highly flexible, meaning it can be deployed to adhere to a wide range of substrates. It is clear to view, non-tacky to touch and will adhere to a variety of substrates including glass and PET. At the end of its use, low temperature wash-off properties make SP-6400XP less energy-consuming in the recycling process.

 

“With our Decovery resins we have enabled the transition to plant-based materials in the decorative, flooring, joinery and furniture markets,” explains Tim Gratzke, Marketing Manager Decovery at DSM Resins & Functional Materials. “This was only the beginning, the natural next step was leveraging our capabilities and experience to build sustainable solutions for packaging applications.”

 

Jacqueline Revet, Global Marketing Manager of DSM Resins & Functional Materials, commented, “People tend to appreciate the carbon-saving benefits of switching to, say, plant-based paints. But a lot of people are not aware of the difference that plant-based adhesives can make. When we reach the day when all adhesives are plant-based, we’ll save the planet 15 kilotons of carbon each year….that’s the equivalent of planting almost 250,000 trees for 10 years.”

 

Like DSM’s other Decovery plant-based resins, SP-6400XP is made from ingredients such as tree bark and castor beans that are sustainably sourced. All of these ingredients have been carefully selected by DSM to ensure they do not compete with the food chain in any way. Furthermore, these natural ingredients can be obtained and used far more sustainably than fossil-fuel-based materials.

 

As a result of their plant-based construction, Decovery resins contain zero-to-low VOCs. Also, DSM understands that while the packaging industry is eager for more sustainable products, consistently-high performance is essential. So SP-6400XP delivers a performance equal to DSM’s non-bio based NeoCryl BT-9.

 

With the launch of SP–6400XP, DSM is offering brand owners, formulators and convertors a welcome opportunity to remove another layer of oil-based materials from the packaging production process.

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