Most of the other widely available
Timber Finishes are NOT based on Plant Oil Technology. Whilst
some may claim to contain some Tung or other Natural Oils,
they are often mixed with less costly chemical ingredients.
Many of these chemicals have associated health and safety
risks, as well as being harmful to the environment. These
At the end of their life cycle
all petrochemical products basically have the same environmental
impact as an equivalent amount burnt to create energy.
The carbon in these petrochemicals becomes CO2 that
cannot naturally re-enter the natural cycle and thus
contributes to global warming.
are used in most locally available
Timber Finishes, both Oil and Water based. These Synthetic
Polymers generally come from petrochemical sources.
Most locally available Timber Finishes have a content
of between 10% and 30% listed on their Material Safety
HYDROCARBONS like Kerosene, Naptha,
White Spirits, Xylene and Benzene come from unsustainable
and dwindling fossil fuel resources. Despite their documented
health risks, they are a core ingredient of the mainstream
Oil based products.
TOXIC CHEMICALS which are too numerous
to list here can be found in most other Timber Finishes.
Even water based Timber Finishes contain potentially
harmful chemicals with biocidal properties. Some of
these chemicals have been documented as Cardiovascular,
Liver, Kidney, Respiratory, Reproductive and Developmental
RESEARCHING WHAT'S IN OTHER TIMBER FINISHES
The first step is to obtain the latest
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of the product you are
considering. These MSDS are generally available from the
manufacturer's website. Alternatively, you can simply contact
us, as we have most of this information on file.
Once you have obtained the MSDS, there
are a number of sources on the Internet where you can search
for the documented Environmental and Health Risks of its
ingredients. To ensure your search is accurate, we suggest
you search on the CAS Number, if it has been published by
the manufacturer. If not, simply enter the Chemical's name.
We also recommend you conduct your research
with Global, US or European sources. The Health and Environmental
legislation and reporting requirements in Australia are
not as rigorous as those in Europe and North America. It
is interesting to note that lead based paint was still able
to be legally sold in Australia until March 31st 2008. Some
useful research sources are:
is the Toxicology
Data Network from the United States National Library
of Medicine, a collection of toxicology and environmental
is a Not for Profit Environmental site in the USA. There
is a search box at the bottom left of the page, where
you can enter the CAS number or name of the potentially
toxic chemical you wish to research. As well as Environmental
also shows recognized and potential health hazards.
is produced by the International
Program on Chemical Safety, a joint initiative of
the World Health Organisation (WHO), the and the United
Nations (UN) Environment Program and the International
Labour Organisation (ILO).
Unlike most other Timber Finishes, Ecowoodoil
is made only from Natural
Ingredients, which are far more friendly to you and
your family's health, as well as to the Environment.