Water-Based Cleaners Wipe Away VOCs
An even more successful product change was the replacement of three different solvents used for cleaning the molds. MnTAP recommended Lakeland swap the aerosols they were using with a single, waterbased cleaner that was able to handle it all: Zep Tuff Green. After an initial trial in the tool cleaning room, the new product was introduced throughout the plant.
These changes resulted in the elimination of over 1,200 lbs of VOCs and a reduction of over 2,400 lbs of smog-producing ozone. The new product is available in concentrated form and can be dispensed from reusable squirt bottles, eliminating 1,600 aerosol cans from solid waste. Best of all, Lakeland was able to reduce the number of cleaning products needed in inventory; they expect to see asavings of $7,000 per year on cleaning products without any reduction in cleaning ability.