What you Should know about Non-Toxic Lubricants
Non toxic lubricants have, in the past few years, been on high demand in the commercial and manufacturing industries. One of the drivers of this green initiative is the growing awareness of the need for more environmentally safe products. Lubricants are petroleum-based and have, in that case, been classified as a concern for environmental safety. This is why factors such as biodegradability and non-toxicity should be taken into account.
Green Does not Always Mean Biodegradable
Green is a buzzword in the industry, with many products marketed as environmentally friendly. These products may not include heavy metals but could still be non-biodegradable. When making your selection, it is vital that you keep this fact in mind to ensure that in the event of accidental lubricant discharge, the environment is not harmed. Understand that products safe for the environment contain non-toxic decomposed fractions and tend to degrade quickly. The highest composition of their content must be made of renewable oils that do not contain any toxicity.
The biodegradability of lubricants is determined by the international OECD 301B test method. If the product is non-toxic, it should naturally biodegrade when subjected to water, microbial activity and sunlight within 28 days. Lubricants that pass the test as not being acutely harmful to algae or fish are classified as non-toxic. Such lubricants are considered safe for use around water bodies.
Lubricants are essential in manufacturing because they minimise wear, overheating and the friction of machine parts. It is particularly crucial that you select non-toxic products for efficient and reliable operations.
Non toxic lubricants are sustainable and ensure that environmental resources, water and materials are protected. These lubricants are designed with the goal of zero emissions, low environmental impact and efficiency in terms of reusability. What’s more, they reduce energy consumption and boost the life of the equipment. When the sustainability model is followed during the production of lubricants, not only do they become more environmentally friendly but also heighten the economic bottom-line and give better performance.