3M has announced that the production process for its Scotch Box Sealing Tapes is now 99 percent free of organic solvents.
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By reducing the solvents during its Scotch Box Sealing tape manufacturing process, the company will emit about 100 MT less carbon dioxide equivalent per year.
The quality of the tape will not be compromised by the change, and the cost will remain the same, according to 3M.
Since 1975, 3M has developed the adhesive side of the box sealing tape without solvent. The portion of tape that doesn’t possess adhesive, known as the release coating side, will now be manufactured without the implementation of solvent.
The company said that the elimination of the solvent will reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, carbon footprint, and petroleum use. Those improvement will especially be noticed in Greenville, S.C., where the company produces the tape.
“We take responsibility to establish sustainable practices and continually improve our products and processes,” said 3M Industrial Adhesives & Tapes Division Manager of Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs Teresa Borzcik in a press release. “By eliminating volatile organic compounds from the manufacturing process of our Scotch Box Sealing Tapes, we continue to invest not only in the superior quality of our products, but also in our customers and communities.”
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