Hundreds of litres of PTFE lubricant go into the environment each year from bicycles.
The problem is, most street drains lead to rivers without much filtration.
Silicone, petrochemicals and PTFE are often in bike fluids, and all will eventually come off the bike.
Directly into a river mountain biking, or via a drain, it's a problem.
Learn more here.
Petrochemicals coming off your bike go into drains and from
into rivers. Petrochemical chain oil goes
garden when you wash your bike, in the street when it
rains and in local woodland when you ride in the wet.
This can cause harm to aquatic life. Petrochemicals take a
to break down if at all.
You wouldn't pour engine oil down
the drain, so why allow chain
oil to go down the drain?
A number of brands exploit a rule which says a lubricant
can be classed 'biodegradable' if it's just 60%
within 28 days. This rule assumes the remaining
40% is biodegradable. This is an erroneous
assumption. some petrochemical lubricants
with PTFE making this claim are not anywhere near 100% biodegradable. A nice loop hole for our competitors to exploit.
We use plant based ingredients. These are fully biodegradablee and don't use any animal by-products.
All our products are both 60% biodegradable within 28 days, and 100% biodegrable within 60 days.
We use a tiny amount of denatonium benzoates
in our Dry Chain Wax and Agent Apple at around 10 parts per million.
This molecule isn't biodegradable, but is environmentally inert and safe for human consumption. It adds a bitter taste
to stop people drinking our products with plant based alcohol in.
This means these two products are 99.9999% biodegradable.
All the others are 100% biodegradable.
PTFE, is a polyflourenated chemical. PTFE is
short for polytetrafluoroethylene.
A likely carcinogen is made
in it's production.
It is claimed, that this causes
birthdefects, and did so around the area where PTFE in
made in the USA.
Read from the BBC on this birth
defect issue here.
PTFE uses PFOA in production, a 'likely carcinogen'
to the United States Environmental
Click here for more information
on this verdict.
PTFE accumulates in
PTFE is NOT biodegradable. Despite this, some
brands claim their PTFE lubes are biodegradable. Click here for a Guardian peice with Greenpeace
with information on the persistence in the
environment of polyflourenated chemicals like PTFE.
Click below for a BBC article on the impact of
PTFE should not be used in bike chain lubes.
We don't use PTFE.
We've formulated our products to work well without PTFE.
We don't use any other polyflourinated chemicals.
Plastic going into the environment, and silicone are
a problem today. Plastic brush bristles wear out into the environment,
so if you're using a plastic bike cleaning brush, bits of
plastic might wear off.
Silicone is similar to plastic and accumulates in the
environment. Numerous bike fluid companies use
silicone, whilst claiming to be eco-friendly for their
Silicone should not be used.
Click below for more on plastic pollution in our oceans.
We use plant based bristles on our brushes.
We don't use silicone.
Plastic production and landfill are an environmental problem
we're solving. All companies should use recycled packaging
to make their products. They don't, because it costs about
10% more, and unfortunatly people running other
companies either don't consider the environment, or
they prefer money to doing the right thing.
New plastic production takes around 5% of global oil use.
New plastic has a higher carbon footprint than recycled
If no company uses recycled plastic, there is less
market demand, and less
inscentive to recycle. This
means more plastic going to landfill or being
incinerated, both of which are bad for the environment.
We use recycled plastic for our 100ml and 30 ml bottle, and Eco Rider Deluxe set tubs.
These take less energy to produce, and help provide a market demand for recyceld plastic, which
encourages councils to encourage recycling.
Other brands use virgin plastic for their bottle packaging.
This has a higher carbon footprint than recycled plastic.
Most other companies dont't use LED lighting or make any
serious effort to reduce their carbon footprint.
They see the short term only
Climate change kills around 60,000 people a year.
They're usually in poorer countries.
We care about this, and further climate change will have
an impact on you soon too if not tackled.
There is a scientific consensus on climate change, and the
World Health Organization is clear about the human
misery and impact. Check out their website here.
We use recycled plastic, LED lighting in our office and make a serious effort to reduce the carbon footprint of everything we do.
Air freight is mostly avoided.
Use of recycled plastic means a lower carbon footprint of product production and disposal.
Using plant based ingredients means a lower carbon footprint - we're funding growth of plants which absorb CO2 from the air.
Our products are basically stored carbon dioxide from plants. And when they are used up, this goes onto the soil, biodegrades and gets
absorbed by plants. A great way of taking carbon dioxide, a climate changing gas, out of the air!