PTFE is one of the most popular additives in traditional lubricants. But what does the name stand for and what are the effects of PTFE on the environment. In this blog we will update you on PTFE and why Airolube does not use it.
What is PTFE?
PTFE stands for Polytetrafluoroethylene and is better known by the brand name Teflon. It is a type of plastic that can be used to make a water and dirt repellent coating. It also ensures that two surfaces can easily slide over each other. It is these applications that make Teflon (PTFE) popular as an additive in lubricants.
PTFE in the environment
The substance PTFE is part of the PFAS family, a collection of more than 6,000 different industrial substances. Serious environmental risks have been identified for some substances in the PFAS family. The effects of other substances have not yet been sufficiently investigated. The following is known about PTFE.
PTFE is not broken down in nature and has the property of easily spreading in the environment and can accumulate in the human body, in the body of animals or in plants. In short, lubricating one bike does not harm the environment. With 20 million bicycles (the number of bicycles in the Netherlands, 2019) this is of course a different story. In humans, a PTFE vapor or accumulation can be irritating and can cause flu symptoms. Birds are even very sensitive to PTFE and can even die from it.
Airolube takes on PTFE. For example, we have managed to make a complete line of lubrication and cleaning products based on natural ingredients such as Rapeseed. This line is completely biodegradable and therefore also free of PTFE. When you choose Airolube, you choose a cleaner, equally well-maintained bike in a cleaner and safer world.