DSM Resins and Functional Materials

Globally, more than 3.24 million tons of inks, coatings and overprint varnishes are used by printers every year. That’s the same as 2kg for every human being*. This equates to 2kg of ink, coatings and overprint varnishes for every man, woman and child in the world. That’s enough to print 35 daily newspapers or 24,000 chocolate bar wrappers for every person on Earth! Too many of them, sadly, are made with harmful oil-based ingredients.

DSM is on a mission to protect our planet, and our health, by removing oil from every part of the printing and packaging process. Thanks to our high quality, plant-based Decovery® resins, this ambition is closer to being a reality. It’s the next step on our journey as we aim for zero oil in inks and coatings.

How Decovery® packaging resins will help our world

DSM's Decovery® portfolio is perfectly suited for the creation of high quality coating resins that meet the environmental demands of the packaging markets – they contain zero-to-low VOCs, yet can match or even exceed the performance of starch-based alternatives.

All our Decovery® resins are made exclusively from plant-based resources, such as bark and beans, which are sustainably sourced and don’t compete with the food chain.

Announcing our first Decovery® resin, SP-6400XP

New Decovery® SP-6400 XP is the first product in our plant-based line up. It is a low-NaOH alkali-soluble acrylic copolymer dispersion with high clarity and flexibility and has been created especially for adhesive application, such as removeable paper labels for bottles as well as domestic adhesives too.

It has a lower carbon footprint than, oil-based alternatives. It is highly flexible, so it can be used to adhere to a wide range of substrates. 

Decovery® in profile

A bio-based resin for label adhesives with 20 °C lower wash off temperature reduction which uses less NaOH and results in energy saving.

Good wet tack

recycling processes,
ease of label removal

Highly flexible, clear and non-tacky (dry film)

Easy to formulate

Adhesion to a variety of substrates (glass and PET)

Alkaline soluble, high reversibility

Low odor

Glass labeling

PET labeling

Environmental impact of resin: Decovery® SP-6400 XP

Verified by Beta Analytic Inc. (Biobased and Biogenic Carbon Testing Laboratory), according to ASTM D6866-16 Method B (AMS)
2 Data based on internal calculation. Results may slightly vary compared to final 3rd party reviewed LCA report. Lifecycle assessment is currently being conducted according to ISO-14040-14044, IPCC 2013 GWP 100a standard and the WBCSD chemical sector guidance; Data expressed in kg CO2/ kg resin; absolute CFP SP-6400: 1.06 kg CO2 / kg resin
3 Calculation based on data from United States Environmental Protection Agency

“People tend to appreciate the benefits of switching to plant-based paints. But many are unaware of the difference that plant-based adhesives can make. Once all adhesives are plant-based, we’ll save the planet 15 kilotons of carbon each year….that’s the equivalent of planting almost 250,000 trees every year for 10 years Adhesives are just the start. Imagine the environmental difference brand owners and manufacturers could make if primers, inks and topcoats on their packaging could be plant-based too.”

Jacqueline Revet, Global Marketing Manager of DSM Resins & Functional Materials

How could Decovery® SP-6400 XP help you?

Request your sample today.

Coming soon: Decovery® SP-6200 XP

We are getting ready to launch the next product in our Decovery® plant based range. SP-6200 XP is the ideal ink coating resin to make non-food packaging solution bio-based. More soon…


The packaging market experiences a strong momentum towards sustainable technologies. Driven by end-consumer demand, brand owners have announced ambitious sustainability pledges. Now it is up to the entire industry to deliver on these challenging goals. Our plant-based Decovery® resins are perfectly suited to contribute to greater circularity and bio-based materials.

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