Here at Big D Industries, Inc., we are committed to finding ways to make our products more environmentally friendly. This means that all of the products offered by Big D Industries, Inc. use safer surfactants in accordance with the EPA’s Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI).
All Big D® cleaning and chemical products are free of commonly used surfactants known as APEs (alkylphenol ethoxylates) and NPEs (nonylphenol ethoxylates). These surfactants do not biodegrade quickly and are more toxic to aquatic life than newer, more advanced, safer surfactants known as LAEs (linear alcohol ethoxylates). LAEs break down quickly into non-polluting compounds. We only sell products containing these safer surfactants.
The surfactants used in all Big D® products are virtually free of 1,4 Dioxane or Ethylene Oxide, which are known carcinogens. They are compliant with thresholds set by New York and California legislation.
Big D Industries, Inc. has been recognized as a Champion in the EPA’s SDSI. Champion Status is the highest level of recognition offered under SDSI to those environmental leaders who voluntarily commit to the use of safer surfactants. At this level, the participant is listed on the EPA's SDSI website as a Champion and may use a special logo in their literature to help explain their participation in the program.
Big D® aerosol products do not contain CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), which deplete the ozone layer.
A CFC is an organic compound that contains only carbon, chlorine, and fluorine, produced as a volatile derivative of methane, ethane, and propane. Many CFCs have been widely used in the past as propellants in aerosol cans and solvents. Because CFCs contribute to ozone depletion in the upper atmosphere, the manufacture of such compounds has been phased out and replaced with other products such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).