We should start looking forward to a greener future by supporting the ongoing effort to reduce greenhouse gases. You may be surprised but carbon footprints are also produced by using traditional adhesives which are toxic and result in hydrocarbon emissions.
But it\’s delighting to know that less toxic adhesives have been developed through tireless researches. Sobo Glue, EcoTimber Healthy Bond MS Adhesive, Chemlink Sealants & Adhesives… What do they have in common? They are recognized as eco-friendly adhesives. So the main things to judge when purchasing adhesive are it\’s free from formaldehyde, hydrocarbons, synthetic chemicals and petrochemicals. But water-based product is the best.
Caulk comes into mind since it\’s the most affordable non-toxic type of adhesive and doesn\’t contain volatile organic compounds. Plus it\’s waterproof and flexible.
Below are some of the types of caulk which are suited for different needs.
- Silicone caulk
Use this when you want maximum flexibility in gluing. It is durable and has excellent adhesive properties. As silicone is flexible, this is good on materials which expand and contract.
- Polyurethane caulk
This is a good concealer on large cracks or irregular shaped gaps and it expands accordingly.
- Acrylic caulk
Use this caulk when you want to adhere ceramic tiles to the floor or wall. The result is better when combined with metal and wood trims, corkboard, plastic and drywall.
- Butyl rubber caulk
This is the most durable and strongest caulk amongst all on the market and perfect on metal surfaces, concrete and brick.
- Urethane or latex caulk
Use either one of these caulks if you want to paint over or prevent stains when you are gluing wood.