Elmer’s, Penford Products launch renewable school glue

April 23, 2013 |

In Iowa, Penford Products announced its support behind the launch of a natural school glue jointly developed with Elmer’s Products, Inc. The natural glue, which is being marketed as Elmer’s School Glue Naturals™, uses Penford’s proprietary PenFlex technology.

Elmer’s pourable School Glue Naturals consists of 99 percent natural ingredients and is made from renewable plant-based resources. The adhesive is safe, non-toxic and washable and was also designed to apply and dry clear to meet parents and teachers needs for school products.

“Through our third-party consumer and industry research, we understood that eco-conscious parents and teachers prefer more natural alternatives to traditional school supplies,” said Lisa Singer, senior product manager for the Elmer’s Stationery category. “We are proud to satisfy this demand with the first and only natural school glue, and are appreciative of the support and technology Penford Corporation provided.”

“Our work with Elmer’s exemplifies our approach to partnering with customers to deliver product innovations that are aligned with growing consumer interest in natural and renewable products which also support our customers’ sustainability initiatives,” said Tom Malkoski, CEO of Penford Corporation.

Penford’s PenFlex process is a platform technology that converts starch into a variety of naturally-derived products designed to replace synthetic, petroleum-derived materials. The naturally-derived products produced with the PenFlex process can displace synthetic materials in a variety of applications including paper coatings, paints and adhesives.

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