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3M uses solventless manufacturing process

3M eliminates 99 percent of organic solvents in production of Scotch Box Sealing Tapes.

September 16, 2015   by Canadian Packaging staff

ST. PAUL, MINN—3M, a global leader in sustainability, says its 3M Scotch Box Sealing Tapes manufacturing process is now virtually free of organic solvents.

This equates to total avoided emissions of about 100 MT CO2-e per year.

While customers can expect the same excellent tape performance and price that they’ve been used to, this change represents a positive environmental impact for the community of Greenville, SC.

The adhesive side of Box Sealing Tape has been manufactured without solvent since 1975. In alignment with 3M’s dedication to improve lives through innovation and commitment to sustainability, the release coating (non-sticky side of the tape) that allows the tape to smoothly unwind without tearing is now manufactured without the addition of solvent.

Eliminating the use of organic solvents in 3M’s production reduces greenhouse gases, carbon footprint and use of petroleum resources.

Environmental stewardship is a fundamental value at 3M, and so is delivering excellence to improve every life.

“At 3M, nothing is more important to us than improving lives and enriching the communities in which we live and work,” says 3M Industrial Adhesives & Tapes Division manager of sustainability & regulatory affairs Teresa Borzcik. “We take responsibility to establish sustainable practices and continually improve our products and processes. 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.”

3M and its Greenville production facility is recognized as a Responsible Tape Manufacturer by the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council.

For more information, call 1-800-362-3550 or visit www.3M.com/ScotchTape.


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