Enviromently friendly: the close-up

Therefore, to sum up, it is possible to state that the whole technical advantages (low
viscosity, high quickness, excellent adhesion and light resistance) and the benefits
derived from the lack of labelling with hazard symbols are the starting point of the
diffusion of MS-Polymer based products, able to solve a wide range of application
problems.

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When looking at this study it is clear that bearing no hazard on the label does not safeguard you from hazards. One of the biggest, and nearly only, hazards of MS Polymer adhesives is methanol. The curing mechanism of these types of adhesives take moisture from the air to cure and release methanol as end product.

This study further shows that the amount of methanol released is much higher than expected. What this study does is simulate a typical installation of flooring. These results are astonishingly bad. This study shows that after 5 minutes the maximum for 15 minutes is exceeded more than 2 times. This continues to be more than allowed trough the whole test set-up.

This appears to be strange at first there are some simple reasons for this. The most important reason is that they didn’t “use the adhesive in a well ventilated room”. This to simulate the way a professional would install when time is limited.

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http://www.ecosimpflooring.com/download/adesivi-silanici-origine-diffusione_eng.pdf

Blue Angel – Eco-Label with Brand Character

The Blue Angel is the first and oldest environment-related label for products and services in the world.

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When concidering enviromental benefits there are a lot of  choices you can go for,  to prove your product is enviromentally better than the compeditors.

The oldest of these ecolabels within the EU is founded in germany.  Blue Angel is an initiative of the Federal Minister of Interior and approved by the Ministers of the Environment of the federal government.

Being the oldest eco-label available  it has already put its mark on a lot of oncoming laws in the field of climat change. One of the succes stories is the recyclage of old paper. By awarding a label for recycled paper it helped give live to the recycle industrie.  This is helped by politicians promoting recycled paper by using it in their public offices.

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Talk with Dr. Luc Peeters , R&D Manager HPPD-LP at Kaneka

Recycled paper

succes story’s

Emicode

With EMICODE®, you’re always on the safe side

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One of the important types of labeling for adhesives is  EMICODE. When a product passes EMICODE EC1 Plus standards it is tought to be safe for the everyday installer to use. This means that on a daily basis the amount of toxic substances released should be lower than the amount legally declared. This assumes that the installer takes all precautions necessary

The main part for passing EMICODE tests is the amount of  Volatile organic compound or VOC. The most common types of VOC coming from adhesives are types of alcohol and formaldehyde.  This is measured precisely on different times after applying the adhesive. This is after 1 – 3 and 28 days. This is done by taking air out of the testchamber and measuring it for organic substances in a GC.

Another part for passing EMICODE testing is no use of carcinogenic or deemed toxic or very toxic by law.

There are no legal implications for following or not following this standard, although it is generally followed to keep up with competing company’s.

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Talk with Dr. Luc Peeters , R&D Manager HPPD-LP at Kaneka

www.emicode.com

testing conditions

new in the global clas: GHS/CLP

We gebruiken elke dag wel chemische producten bij onze dagelijkse taken zoals schoonmaken, ontkalken, schilderen, verlijmen, oliën of invetten. Maar hoewel deze hulpmiddeltjes natuurlijk heel welkom zijn, is het gebruik ervan niet zonder gevaar …

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With enviroment and safety for chemical substances is a world wide concern, politcians gathered for an ambitious project.

The Globally Harmonized System for Classification , Labelling and Packaging of chemicals or GHS/CLP in short was introduced to

make an uniform way to indentify chemicals.

Although it was a big step in the good direction it didn’t work as good as planned.

From 1 december 2010 the rules became more global altough each region still has it’s own nuances.

The main differences from the previous system are other, more global understood messages and

the adaptation of H- and P sentenses instead of R- and S-sentences.

The infograph below discribes the biggest differences

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inforgraph of difference

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GHS systeem 

Inleiding tot GHS

GHS EU 

What makes our clock tick : REACh legislation

‘The former EC legislative framework for chemical substances was a patchwork of many different Directives and Regulations’

‘This system did not produce sufficient information about
the effects of the majority of existing chemicals on human health and the environment.’

‘Since 1993, only 141 high-volume chemicals
were identified as priority substances for risk assessment’

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When looking at the legislation that is protecting us, it has many different levels. The top-level relevant for us as belgium citizen is the European level. To protect the environment and the citizens of Europa, there is more than 40 years of guidelines and pacts being made.

Because of historical background these legislations started with country’s in charge of testing which chemicals should be considered dangerous. It proved to be to hard for much country’s to keep up with the speed of  development. This lead to a huge safety risk which much policy makers wouldn’t want to stand for.

To counter this REACh was put in place. The meaning of REACh is  Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. What this actually means is that there has been a shift in responsibility. Before it was a country’s responsibility to prove a product was unhealthy or unsafe, as for now each producer has to register his products in a central database, and prove it does not harm man and nature more than it’s competitors products  does.

This law has only been in place since 1 June 2007

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Talk with Dr. Luc Peeters , R&D Manager HPPD-LP at Kaneka

REACh : intro

Not harmfull for your enviroment

“we have a product that requires no hazard labelling so we can use it confidently knowing that it is safe for both the installer, the customer and the general environment”

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The environment is again a hot topic in public opinion.

The list of labels invented by marketeers is endless but without legal background it holds no truth.

When calling it Bluemotion , Econetic or Drive ,  if it still has a fuel rate worse than a 60 years old 2CV , are you sure you want to call it “more enviromentally friendly”?

When you go to a store, are you really sure the eggs are any better than when they are produced in a “bio”farm ?

Is it a leap to assume that if it has no hazard label, it is really hazard free ?

As long as there is no independent research backed up by law enforcers the answer is no.

Sources:

http://www.timberneutral.com/rewmar%20adhesives.html

http://be.volkswagen.com/vwcms/master_public/virtualmaster/be_nl/models/polo/trim_lines/polo_bluemotion.html

http://www.nl.ford.be/Personenwagens/Ford-ECOnetic-Technology

http://www.drivecalculator.be/?languageCode=NL&utm_campaign=Drive_Calculator_BE_NL&utm_source=Volvocars_Home_C30_BE_Nl#/home

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_2CV

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmentally_friendly