Dust suppression is an essential part operations in many industries. Some products rely on petroleum to keep dust down, but these petroleum-based products often contain toxic ingredients and exhibit slow biodegradation, which negatively impacts the environment. Using a biodegradable dust suppressant is an effective strategy for reaching dust control goals while keeping operations green and preventing exposure to toxic ingredients.
(To learn more about dust suppression basics, check out this post: What is Dust Suppression?)
What Materials are Biodegradable?
Put simply, biodegradable materials will break down into simple components and will blend back into the earth. Environmentally friendly materials should break down quickly and reliably, without leaving toxins behind. Common examples of biodegradable items are products that are plant based, animal based, or derived from some other natural material.
Why Use a Biodegradable Dust Suppressant?
Biodegradable dust suppressants exhibit rapid biodegradation compared to mineral oils and petroleum, and therefore contribute to decreased and environmental and toxicological hazards. Companies striving to maintain green operations benefit greatly from using a biodegradable dust suppressant.
While some raw materials like lignin sulfonate can work quite well as a stand-alone material, we have found that strategically blending eco-friendly materials is the best way to maximize performance without compromising environmental responsibility.
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