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Silicones enable manufacturers to provide safer working environments and create products that make the world a safe place.

 

Did you know ... based on their chemical structure, low-molecular-weight siloxanes are not likely to cause ozone depletion!
 

Silicone is Safe for the Environment


Silicone is safe for people and 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.

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
the environment!

 

Why polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) fluids are generally considered safe

  • 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 living organisms.
  • PDMS has shown no adverse effects on insects, birds, aquatic animals, seed germination, plant growth, or the plant biomass.

Expand your understanding

Learn about:
Silicones and sustainability

Easy reading:
Silicones: Helping light the way to safety

Silicones: Revolutionizing protective sports apparel

Safer subway seats ... all aboard!

For environment, health, and safety professionals:
An Overview of PDMS in the Environment (PDF=35KB)

An Overview of VMS Fluids in the Environment (PDF=78KB)

Polydimethylsiloxanes Do Not Bioaccumulate (PDF=33KB)

Fate and Effects of Polydimethylsiloxane in Marine Environments (PDF=4.2MB) – Article reprint from the Marine Pollution Bulletin

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Did you know ... if an organic sealant needs to be cut out and replaced every seven years, the amount of garbage produced and solvents used will be at least three times greater than if a longer-lasting silicone sealant had been used!

Learn more about how silicones contribute to sustainability.


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