Waterborne adhesives (or water-based adhesives) are adhesives that are compounded
with water as a diluent rather than a volatile organic solvent.
Water-based technology is well established in the adhesives and sealants industry.
They have applications in all of the leading adhesive
end-use markets.carpet backing, construction, packaging, and also
in PSA labels and decals,
polymers used to formulate water-based adhesives are styrene-butadiene, acrylic,
polyvinyl acetate (PVAC) and vinyl acetate-ethylene (VAE).
On an environmental point of view, waterborne adhesivses could be considered as
low VOC adhesives, and should offer significant savings in avoided emission control
equipment costs, permitting fees, and hazardous waste disposal charges.