Traditionally, ethoxylated amines (EA) have been utilised as anti-static additives in plastics due to their ability to reduce static charge build-up on the surface of the material. However, there are a few reasons why manufacturers may need to seek alternative solutions.
This article explores the need for safer alternatives and how Palsgaard's Einar® additives offer a non-toxic and eco-friendly solution that offers similar or better performance than their petrochemical-based counterparts.
EAs are known to be potentially harmful to the environment and human health. They can persist in the environment, accumulate in living organisms and have the potential to disrupt aquatic ecosystems. Additionally, some ethoxylated amines have been associated with skin irritation and allergic reactions in humans. These concerns have led to increased scrutiny and regulations regarding the use of ethoxylated amines.
Many countries and regions have implemented regulations based on standards and recommendations such as those set forth by the European Union for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and implemented by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). One particular concern under this regime is the potentially high environmental and health impact of certain EAs in sensitive applications. Manufacturers need to comply with these restrictions to avoid legal consequences and maintain their reputation as responsible and compliant entities.
In recent years, there has been a growing demand from consumers for safer and more environmentally friendly products. As a result, manufacturers are under pressure to find alternative anti-static additives that meet these expectations and align with their sustainability goals.
Ethoxylated amines may not always provide the desired level of anti-static properties or long-term effectiveness. Manufacturers may need to explore alternative additives that offer superior performance, ensuring their products meet the required quality standards.
Palsgaard’s Einar® anti-static additives are fully REACH-compatible and have been shown to outperform EA particularly when it comes to efficiency and safety considerations.
Their benefits as non-hazardous plant-based amine alternatives extend across the entire portfolio, including Einar® 201 in powder or pellet form for PP injection moulding; Einar® 401 in pellet form for impact PP copolymers; Einar® 411 in pellet form for PP films, PP injection moulding and PP foams; and Einar® 601 in paste form for all PE grades, including LDPE, LLDPE and HDPE in film, foam and injection moulding applications. While Einar® 601 is widely considered the safest and most efficient anti-static agent vs. EA in PE films, the clear superior choice for impact PP copolymers is Einar® 401.
Einar® additives are specifically designed to prioritise safety for both human health and the environment. They are non-toxic and do not pose a risk of skin sensitisation or allergic reactions. Manufacturers can confidently use these additives without compromising the well-being of workers or consumers.
Einar® additives are produced using sustainable and renewable raw materials, such as vegetable oils. The manufacturing process is designed to minimise environmental impact, ensuring that the additives are environmentally friendly throughout their lifecycle. By choosing Einar® additives, manufacturers can contribute to a greener and more sustainable plastic industry.
Einar® additives comply with relevant regulations and standards. They undergo thorough testing to meet regulatory requirements, providing manufacturers with peace of mind and avoiding potential legal issues associated with non-compliant substances.
Unlike ethoxylated amines, Einar® additives do not contain substances that are known to be harmful to human health or the environment. By utilising Einar® additives, manufacturers can eliminate the risks associated with the use of potentially hazardous chemicals, safeguarding their employees and consumers.
Palsgaard offers technical support and expertise to assist manufacturers in the proper utilisation of Einar® additives. This guidance ensures that manufacturers can effectively incorporate the additives into their production processes while maximising safety and performance.