Synthetic glues like Super Glue and Krazy Glue are complex polymers and do not generally contain animal-derived ingredients, meaning they are vegan.
However, there may be concerns surrounding the production processes and potential animal testing involved in developing these synthetic materials.
Traditional glue, also known as animal glue or genuine hide glue, is made from animal hides, connective tissues, and bones.
Other animal-based glues include albumin glues, made from egg whites or blood; casein glue, made from milk protein; and fish glue, derived from fish bladders.
These animal-derived adhesives have been used for centuries in various applications, from woodworking and musical instruments to bookbinding and artwork restoration.
Super Glue, or cyanoacrylate, is a synthetic adhesive made from a combination of chemicals, including ethyl cyanoacrylate, polymethyl methacrylate, and hydroquinone.
Companies like Gorilla Glue have stated that their products are vegan, but it’s essential to research individual brands and their production processes if animal testing is a concern.
Vegan Alternatives to Super Glue
For those searching for vegan-friendly adhesives, there are several alternatives to traditional animal-based and potentially non-vegan synthetic glues. Always check with the company or brand to ensure the glue is vegan and not tested on animals before purchasing.
PVA Glue (Polyvinyl Acetate)
A water-based adhesive commonly found in Elmer’s Glue and glue sticks, typically suitable for craft projects and woodworking.
Adhesives made from natural ingredients, such as various plants’ starches, gums, and resins.
Rubber cement is a strong adhesive often used for paper, leather, and fabric, and is made from latex and organic solvents.
There are also vegan-friendly natural adhesives, such as Sky Glue for eyelashes and Eco-Bond for industrial applications.
The Bottom Line
While Super Glue and other synthetic adhesives do not contain animal-derived ingredients, concerns regarding their production processes and animal testing may not make it the best option for those on a vegan diet.