As awareness of our environment grows, many people have questions about the products and packages they buy, including aerosol products. To help the environment for ourselves and our children, we need to know the facts, so we can be informed and responsible citizens, educators and consumers.
Many people are surprised to learn that aerosol products do not harm the earth’s ozone layer, and they do reduce waste through their long product shelf life and minimum spillage. Aerosol products provide important safety benefits by being tamper-resistant and tamper-evident. They require no mixing and are completely recyclable.
Aerosol Products do not contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) although a recent survey showed that 7 out of 10 thought the CFCs were still used in the products.
Aerosol manufacturers began to discontinue the use of CFCs when scientists discovered a possible link between the chemicals and the upper ozone. The U.S. banned the use of CFCs in 1978.
Today’s aerosol products do not harm the upper ozone. Aerosol cans are made of 25% recycled material and empty cans are recyclable.