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Bekaert launches natural, C02 neutral coating for book binding wire

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Businesses and consumers can now use more eco-friendly stationery thanks to the launch of Ecobind. This coloured eco-friendly coating is made from the so-called 'green polymer', which means it is completely derived from natural resources, compostable and CO2 neutral.

Ecobind coating for bookbinding wire is the ideal complement to environmentally sound stationery, such as  
- exercise notebooks
- reports and copies bound at copy centres
- books, manuals, diaries and calendars bound by trade binders

Bekaert has more than 30 years of experience in the production of coated book binding wires, and continually invests in research and development to enhance the composition of its products.

Zero environmental impact coating
With Ecobind Bekaert has created a coating for book binding wire with the same properties as regular polymer coating. It is available in white, black, green and blue - other colours are available upon request. These plant-based coatings differ from petro-polymers as  they completely decompose when they are left in an industrial composting environment. Ecobind does not split into smaller pieces like similar products tend to do so – instead it disintegrates in water and carbon dioxide (CO2). The amount of CO2 emitted when decomposing green polymers is the same amount as that absorbed by the plant from which the raw product was originally derived, making it part of a closed natural cycle.

Marcelo Xavier, Bekaert's global segment manager for book binding wires, comments: "Ecobind is the result of years of research and development at Bekaert's technology centres. In times when we all need to make a big effort to save our world's natural resources, innovations like these are particularly welcome.

""Bekaert has a global reputation for producing top-quality products. It's very rewarding to come up with a renewable, environmentally friendly alternative to polymers derived from petrochemical products."

Ecobind is a valuable addition to Bekaert's wide range of coated book binding wires, which includes Metalobind, Nylobind, Tinobind and Bekaert glow-in-the-dark book binding wire.




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