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The first glue stick with a plant-based container

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With the UHU stic ReNATURE, paper glueing is getting sustainable. The popular glue stick offers consumers a new and more environmentally friendly alternative to existing products – in an attractive design. The new UHU stic ReNATURE overcomes all challenges in the glueing of paper, carton, cardboard and styrofoam in the accustomed quality, showing that even a small product can make a substantial contribution to environmental protection and the saving of fossil resources.

 

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More than 90% of the plastic produced today is made from crude oil, with an annual consumption of more than 250 million tons worldwide. Bioplastics are products made partially or even completely from plant-based raw materials.

58% of the UHU stic ReNATURE’s container consists of renewable raw materials (sugar cane based PE-HD). Replacing crude-oil-based with plant-based raw materials reduces the consumption of fossil resources by 48% and reduces the carbon footprint by 46%.** As well as being fully recyclable, the new UHU stic ReNATURE is solvent-free and 70% of the glue formula is nature-based. The practical screw cap prevents the glue from drying out and makes it last longer – quality “made in Germany”. Another ecological as well as economic advantage is that the UHU stic ReNATURE is far more efficient in its application and more economical than comparable products.

At UHU, we attach a great deal of importance to sustainable business. But the quality of our products is just as important as their environmental compatibility and the safety of their usage and disposal by consumers – particularly since our glue sticks enjoy great popularity with the very smallest users. Stic ReNATURE – the UHU initiative for a more sustainable world – will be available in the shops from January 2014.

Our initiative has already been rewarded: the UHU stic ReNATURE has received the Österreichisches Umweltzeichen für Produkte (the official Austrian environmental label for products), which is a hallmark of high environmental standards, quality and product safety.

The Austrian Ministry of Life officially awards products, that not only fulfil a wide range of environmental criteria; they must also meet several other requirements, such as fitness for purpose and quality. The criteria are regularly updated in order to guarantee a continually high quality standard. In order to ensure transparency, every four years an independent expert assessment verifies that the environmental guidelines are being adhered to.

Recipients of the Austrian environmental label send a clear signal that they support and practise sustainable business methods. The Austrian environmental label lets consumers know straight away that a product represents high quality, sustainability and responsibility. Stic RENATURE - the UHU initiative for a more sustainable world.

* Container from 58% plant-based raw material.
** Compared to the standard UHU stic averaged above the total lifecycle.
*** Information in accordance with “Internal UHU standard test “mechanical performance”, Nov. 2011

Source: Bioplastics Magazine

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