Due to a tightening regulatory environment and a greater awareness for environmental standards, environmentally friendly cleaning methods are becoming more important to industry.
Traditional cleaning methods often times involve the generation of harmful secondary waste and the use of harsh chemicals, which negatively affect both the environment and the individual performing the cleaning.
Dry ice blasting is an ideal solution for those looking for an environmentally friendly cleaning solution.
The dry ice blasting process isn’t just any cleaning or surface preparation solution. It’s specially designed to use our planet’s resources well and promote a healthier environment for workers in manufacturing and industrial settings.
Dry ice blasting is the most environmentally responsible method available.
- Dry ice is made of reclaimed CO2
Rather than using new resources, which are unnecessary and costly, dry ice blasting recycles once-used CO2 in order to repurpose it. All dry ice used in the dry ice blasting process is made from reclaimed CO2, which is a byproduct of other industrial processes, such as oil refinery activities or large-scale fermentation.
This CO2, which would have otherwise been released into the atmosphere, is captured and given new life as dry ice. Dry ice blasting does not produce more CO2.
- Dry ice blasting eliminates harmful secondary waste
When the dry ice impacts the surface being cleaned, it sublimates – turns directly from a solid to a gas—and thus does not produce secondary waste. All that remains is the dislodged contaminant that was removed from the surface.
Similar techniques such as soda blasting or power washing, which also use a media accelerated in a pressurized air system, leave behind a residue that must be cleaned up with the contaminant. This media can become hazardous and create downstream contamination and harm the surrounding area and installations.
For example, if proper containment is not used, soda from the soda blasting process will seep into the soil of surrounding vegetation, which can negatively affect the pH levels of the soil and kill the vegetation.
The secondary waste created by these methods often require special handling, disposal and regulatory reporting.
- Dry ice blasting is non-toxic and eliminates need for chemical solvents
The dry ice used in the dry ice blasting process is a food grade media and is EPA, FDA and USDA approved for use around food manufacturing. It is colorless, tasteless, odorless and non-toxic.
Dry ice blasting eliminates the need for chemical cleaning solvents in many applications.
Rather than making employees scrape off contaminants with hand tools and harsh chemicals, workers can keep a safe distance by using the dry ice cleaning process, eliminating that manual labor and any potential harm caused by prolonged exposure to cleaning chemicals.
The solution also prevents downstream contamination from chemicals. With dry ice, there are no remnants of the cleaning method to leave any trace on the environment.
As the industry leader in dry ice technology, Cold Jet not only promotes environmentally beneficial cleaning practices, but we also ensure that our machines and our packaging environmentally responsible.
How do we accomplish that?
- The new Aero2 Line was created with minimum impact on the environment in mind
Our newest line specifically caters to maximum control in cleaning as well as the most efficient use of resources. Much of the material in the new machines can be recycled. Our engineers created the PCS 60, for example, with 80% recyclable materials.
In fact, the tires on the Aero2 series are made of crumb rubber. This material is derived from reducing scrap tires into uniform granules after removing other contaminants. When the scrap tires are recycled, the steel and tire cord are removed and the rubber is ground down. It’s then processed to reduce it into particles, or crumbs, and purified of any removing bits of steel or fiber.
Recycled tires are just one of the features that distinguish the Aero2 Line as environmentally friendly.
- The fine-tuned blasting parameters provide a quicker clean and less wasted consumables (dry ice, compressed air and electric).
- Our most ergonomic machines yet, the optimized designs and combination of materials leads to weight and size reduction. Every aspect of the machines has been engineered with sustainability at the core of Cold Jet’s mission to bring the best to each industry we serve.
Our products aren’t just made with our customers in mind – they’re made with the whole planet in mind. That’s what sets us apart. And that’s a driving factor in why we reinvented dry ice blasting.
- Cold Jet packaging is specifically designed to be environmentally responsible
Not only are Cold Jet machines the most efficient in the industry, but they also are engineered with responsibility to the environment in mind. One way our engineers accomplish that is through packaging. Every piece of Cold Jet packaging was thought through to be the most eco-friendly option. That means it is:
- Lightweight – It takes less energy to produce, recycle and transport.
- Minimal – Greener than ever before by using only what’s necessary and reducing size and amount of packaging.
- Recyclable – Only made with recyclable goods.