Silicones - Safe For People And Safe For The Environment
More than 60 years of industrial and consumer use and thousands of laboratory studies have confirmed it:
|When used properly in the applications for which they were designed, silicones are safe for people, manufacturing processes, and the environment.|
In The Environment
Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is the most commonly used silicone. In the environment:
- PDMS degrades into naturally occurring silica, water, and carbon dioxide.
- PDMS doesn’t adversely affect wastewater treatment operations.
- If PDMS enters an aquatic environment, it attaches to particulates and is removed by natural sedimentation.
- PDMS fluids don’t typically dissolve or disperse in water, nor do they have a detectable biological oxygen demand. This means they don’t inhibit natural microbial activity.
- PDMS doesn’t bioaccumulate – build up to toxic levels – in the tissues of living organisms.
- PDMS has shown no adverse effects on insects, birds, aquatic animals, seed germination, plant growth, or the plant biomass.
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Silicones can help you meet your sustainable manufacturing and resource conservation goals
- Silicone fluids, emulsions, rubber, and sealants:
- Extend the useful lives of your products
- Give you more environmentally sound alternatives to volatile organic compounds and other aggressive chemicals
- Reduce your dependence on petroleum-based organic materials
- Reduce raw material requirements and energy and water consumption in manufacturing processes
- Promote energy efficiency in buildings and automobiles
- Reduce or eliminate air- and water-polluting emissions
- Enable the use of clean, renewable energy resources
- Help you meet growing consumer desires for sustainably produced materials
In the United States , volatile methylsiloxane fluids are exempt from volatile organic compound (VOC) regulations and can be used in place of regulated solvents.