Adhesives for conservation

Structural Adhesives Ltd are making a big push to improve our sustainability and using the United Nations sustainable development goals as our guide. On first glance, some of the development goals may not seem relevant to a small adhesives company but on further thought, looking deeper into the supply chain it is clear our operations can have an effect on each and every one of them.

Sustainable development goal 15- life on land sets targets to ensure conservation, restoration, and protection of ecosystems such as forests, wetlands, and mountains. Our raw material and sourcing choices influence this goal. By looking into where raw materials are mined, harvested, or produced we can make educated decisions into what we buy to ensure it is not leading to deforestation or otherwise unsustainable use of ecosystems. Biodiversity loss is one direct effect of land degradation which we are aiming to halt with careful consideration of our raw materials, but there are also other ways we can affect biodiversity.

Being situated on an industrial estate there is little green space in the immediate area thus there is little opportunity to increase biodiversity onsite. However, anybody who has ever visited our premises will know we more than make up for this with an abundance of house plants, often donated by our green fingered senior chemist. However, there is another, more impactful way in which we are increasing biodiversity and this is through our technology.

With modern methods of construction traditional nooks and crannies in which birds usually nest and bats roost are not present on newer builds. Campaigners are raising awareness of special boxes that can be installed to provide sanctuary for many of our native wildlife. Structural Adhesives Ltd are proud to support this conservation effort by providing adhesives for the construction of bird and bat boxes. We have also attended forums with urban planners and developers from all over the world to discuss ways of providing housing for the growing population whilst still maintaining space for local wildlife to thrive. We are continually looking for ways in which we can collaborate with organizations working on projects such as these and help provide solutions.