A science lesson that ‘sticks:’ 600 Students schooled in sustainability

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Adhesives are more than just a means of sticking things together. They can be the make-or-break element that contributes to a more sustainable world.

That was the lesson taught to more than 600 eighth graders at Hillsborough Middle School by a group of Sustainability Ambassadors from Henkel Corporation in late April.

Participating in hands-on activities, students in 23 science classes learned how different types of adhesives used in everyday products – ranging from double-walled cups and solar films to hot melts for bottle labelling – can support recycling and energy savings. The activities, created by scientists from Henkel’s Packaging and Consumer Goods Adhesives business, featured multi-functional adhesives used in double-walled cups, pressure sensitive adhesives used in solar films and water-based adhesives used for bottle labelling.

“Having the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities with real scientists helped the students realize that sustainability is a goal that can be achieved, instead of an abstract idea,” said Science Teacher Kate Morris. “The students were able to see how Henkel designs products that can have a positive impact on the world. They were also excited to meet a diverse group of energized scientists who not only shared their knowledge but, also, helped them to picture themselves in scientific roles in their own future.”

Through its Sustainability Ambassador program, Henkel has trained over 10,000 of its employees around the world to communicate with students, customers and consumers about the responsible use of natural resources and encourage others to make personal contributions to sustainability. Henkel demonstrates its own commitment through progress in its own company goals to create more value through a reduced environmental footprint.