All hail the humble mussel


After formaldehyde was declared to be a known carcinogen by the U.S. government, a cost-effective alternative was needed. Enter the lowly mussel, whose use of proteins to securely adhere to rocks while being battered by waves served as inspiration for the research that produced Ashland's Soyad™ adhesives. These patented, water-based products are made with protein containing soy flour mixed with a proprietary cross-linking resin.

The rest is history. Today, Soyad adhesives are the choice for makers of composite wood products wanting to improve indoor air quality and stay ahead of formaldehyde emissions regulations. We have a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in our trophy case and lots of people are breathing better air. Next time you're at the beach, remember to salute the mussels.

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