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Reducing waste by storing adhesives in syringes

SiC Polska shared this brilliant trick by Kate Seymour, who recommends the storage of water-based adhesives like sturgeon glue, gelatin or starch in a syringe in the fridge. The lack of air means less microbial or fungal growth. The syringe with collagen glues can be warmed in hot water and squirted out of the syringe into another recipient or applied directly with the needle. Glues that remain fluid can be used without pre-warming. These glues can be kept in the fridge for weeks without denaturing or growing mould.


Source: Kate Seymour

Photo: Steinunn Hardardottir (UvA)

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