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Carbon Black Marked For Environmental Safety

Thursday, July 6, 2017

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A Dutch firm's carbon black has recently been certified for environmental safety.

Awarded the Cradle to Cradle Bronze Certificate, Black Bear Carbon’s product was assessed by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency. During the certification assessment, it was reconfirmed that this particular carbon black has extremely low levels of polycyclic aromatic hyrdocarbons, which is important due to health regulations and increased concern from the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals organization.

Carbon Black

According to the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, carbon black is used as a reinforcing agent in tires, technical rubber goods and is also used as a black pigment in ink, plastics and coatings. Customarily, carbon black is created by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, which results in a significant amount of CO2. Black Bear carbon black, however, is taken from old, used tires, which is healthier for the environment.

Black Bear

According to the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, carbon black is used as a reinforcing agent in tires, technical rubber goods and is also used as a black pigment in ink, plastics and coatings.

“The Black Bear Carbon upcycled product is a game-changer in the field of carbon black,” said Michael Braungart, founder and CEO of the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency, in praise of the product. “It is ‘upcycled’ because the output material is of higher quality than the input material (furnace black in car tires).”

Braungart went on to recommend the use of Black Bear’s carbon black in products that involve skin contact, such as stroller handles and wheelchairs. He also emphasized the importance of its use in car and bike tires, where inhalation of particles that contain PAH can be of concern, as they are carcinogenic.

Environmental Certification

The Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program is an independent, third-party verified certification program, the main focus of which is to certify products and materials that have been engineered with environmental and human health in mind. Products that pass certification are required to demonstrate continuous improvement every two years.

“This certification is a clear demonstration of our commitment to accelerating the transition towards a circular economy,” said Martijn Lopes Cardozo, the CEO of Black Bear, in a statement. “We are pleased that we can now offer carbon black users a real and officially certified choice for selecting clean and green materials.”

Black Bear’s product is the first carbon black on the market to receive this certification.


Tagged categories: Coating Materials; Coatings Technology; Green coatings; Pigments; Rubber

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