Silicone is Safe for the Environment
Silicone is safe for people and the
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.
Silicones make other things safer too
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Did you know ... in the United States , volatile
methylsiloxane fluids are exempt from volatile organic compound (VOC)
regulations and can be used
in place of regulated solvents to make
formulations safer for people and
Why polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) fluids are generally considered
In the environment, PDMS degrades into naturally occurring silica, water,
and carbon dioxide.
PDMS does not adversely affect wastewater treatment operations.
If PDMS enters an aquatic environment, it attaches to particulates and is
removed by natural sedimentation.
PDMS fluids do not typically dissolve or disperse in water, nor do they
have a detectable biological oxygen demand. This means they do not inhibit
natural microbial activity.
PDMS does not bioaccumulate – build up to toxic levels – in the tissues of
PDMS has shown no adverse effects on insects, birds, aquatic animals, seed
germination, plant growth, or the plant biomass.