Aerosol cans, we use them around the house for everything from touching up patio furniture to air-freshener to making people smell better. You can find them on nearly every job site, in many work vehicles, and in offices. They’re small and easy to ignore. But when they explode or depressurize incorrectly, they can be deadly. So please, get the knowledge and learn what to do.
Did you know that the aerosol can was created for dispensing insecticides in the jungles of the Second World War, what was known then as a “bug bomb”? Today aerosol cans are used for a broad variety of applications. They are portable and disposable, thus very convenient and widely used. On job sites, many workers don’t think twice about using an aerosol can and tossing it aside when the task is complete, or a can is empty.
Here are some facts about aerosol cans: They are normally manufactured from thin sheets of steel. The products they hold are highly pressurized with a number of types of hydrocarbon propellants, from carbon dioxide or butane or propane. In recent years, some scientists and environmental activists have linked chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellants as a contributor of the decrease in the planet’s ozone layer. The positive news is, many manufacturers have shifted to propellants that are thought to be less damaging to the atmosphere, but they are still not great for the environment.
What you should know as a consumer: The propellant in an aerosol can account for as much as 15 percent of the weight most products sold in aerosol cans. From a manufacturing view, using aerosol cans carry much higher costs by weight or volume than their non-aerosol counterparts. In addition, when you compare the cost of the remaining material (such as paint) with other delivery methods (such as paint sold in regular cans), you’ll see that using aerosols often involves a significantly higher cost. That higher cost is passed to the consumer. In other words, you are better off buying a product that does NOT use aerosol can if you have a choice.
Thinking Green is the way right way:
There are plenty of companies that offer environmentally friendly products. It is to each of us to make the right choice and support companies that care enough to take the extra step of providing environmental friendly products. There are plenty of choices of spray bottle products, instead of using aerosol cans. People and nature are part of the cycle, and everything is linked together. Therefore, let’s keep the green concept in mind when we shop. We don’t just do it for our generation, but for the children of our children and their children.