Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hey, I Can Use That: Elmer's School Glue Naturals

Party 3 today of things that'll help you get through the summer with your little darlings.

I love a good project. I consider myself fairly crafty & am at my happiest when I'm creating something. So, when Elmer's asked me to try their new product I said, "Yes, please."

Elmer's has gone green and created a new line of products that are all natural with recyclable packaging. Yay Elmer's! My family tries to be green with reusing & recycling. I try to use all natural products in cleaning, skin care, etc. so I was excited to try this! Gotta say that I never thought I'd be pumped about glue, but I am. Teacher friends, take note.

Elmer's School Glue Naturals


Here are the deets per the Elmer's press release:
"Reinforcing its commitment to innovation and to supporting consumer demand Elmer’s® Products, Inc., makers of America’s favorite school glue, is proud to introduce Elmer’s®School Glue Naturals™— the first and only school glue made with naturally occurring ingredients and available in recycled packaging.
Elmer’s pourable School Glue Naturals consists of 99 percent natural ingredients. The primary ingredient in the adhesive is plants, specifically American-grown corn—a rapidly renewable resource. The bottle is made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled materials and the label contains 20 percent recycled paper, is printed with soy-based ink and is applied with a natural rubber adhesive. Also made primarily from corn, Elmer’s Naturals Glue Stick formula consists of more than 88 percent natural ingredients. The sticks are made of 25 percent post-industrial recycled plastic. The labels are printed with soy ink on FSC-certified paper and the card is made from 100 percent recycled paper board.
Elmer’s School Glue Naturals is just as strong, safe, non-toxic and washable as Elmer’s traditional School Glue and can be used for any project for which Elmer’s School Glue would normally be used. Further,empty Elmer’s School Glue bottles – both natural and traditional – can be recycled at home by consumers. In schools, the glue bottles and sticks can be recycled through the Elmer’s Glue Crew® Brigade® with TerraCycle, an easy way for teachers and students to recycle and earn money and other rewards for participating in eco-friendly efforts."
See? You thought I was being a nerd, didn't you? Now, you're excited too. It's okay to get excited about the earth & your child's well being. I won't tell anyone.

Sounds great in theory, right? But does it work? In my experience, things sometimes lose their quality when they switch to all natural. As Kermit said, it's not easy being green. So we tried it, and guess what? This is easy.

I put the experts on the case to find out if this stuff is all its cracked up to be. They decided to make Star Wars puppets since they're on a reoccurring Star Wars Kick.


What They Noticed

  • the strong gluey smell is gone, this new product is nearly odorless
  • the consistency (my word, not their's :) of the pourable glue is thicker & less gooey than regular Elmer's; this makes it a little harder to squeeze the bottle but it's also more controllable since it doesn't come pouring out
  • it's super sticky & works just like regular Elmer's, maybe even a little better...

What I Liked

That it's natural, not messy & still non-toxic, especially as I watched my toddler bite a chunk out of one of the glue sticks. :)


Loved it, would buy it & stock it in our house for our future creations. We give it two Wookies up! (and a Yoda & Darth Vadar)



Pricing & purchase locations for Elmer's School Glue Naturals (per the press release)
"Elmer’s School Glue Naturals come in a single-4 oz. pourable bottle, single-22g glue stick or 6g glue sticks sold in two- and four-packs, and in a 30-pack case. Suggested pricing for the pourable glue and 2-pack glue sticks is $3.29. The 30-pack of glue sticks retails for $16.99 for educators. Elmer’s School Glue Naturals will be available nationwide in Jo-Ann Fabric stores beginning March 2013 and at Michaels starting this May. The line is currently sold in United and School Specialty catalogs."

Thanks, Elmer's for sharing this new product with us!

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