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Ginger bread house glued with edible hot-melt adhesive
Photo: Mats Stading

Edible hot-melt adhesive for food and packaging

Most people have used a hot glue gun for hobby or craft projects, and also wished it would be possible to use also for food decorations. A new, hot-melt adhesive now makes it possible to use for food decorations as well as for packaging.

Application of sustainable hot-melt adhesive
Photo: Mats Stading
The sustainable adhesive is applied with a hot glue gun.

Hot-melt adhesives are used for hobby as well as in industrial applications as a fast setting alternative without any solvents. It is used for corrugated boxes and in electronic devices to affix parts and wires, as well as for bookbinding and as a glue in hygiene products.

Edible hot-melt adhesive open new application areas and are perfect for food decorations and artistic gastronomy, as well as for the childcare sector as a safe alternative to other glues. Corrugated boxes and paperboard cartons are glued with hot-melt adhesives and an edible version would be suitable as a safe and sustainable option for food packaging.

RISE develops an edible hot-melt adhesive based on sugars with corresponding properties to adhesives based on synthetic polymers. The adhesive is suitable for foods as well as for technical applications.

Summary

Project name

Edible hot-melt adhesive

Status

Active

RISE role in project

Inventor

Project start

Duration

2021-2023

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

12. Responsible consumption and production
Mats Stading

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Johanna E Andersson

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Johanna E Andersson

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