Top-Performing “Green” Cleaning Technologies
Since 2008, Custom Compounders has taken measured steps to create highly-effective and affordable maritime cleaning products with “green” chemistries. We have proven that remarkable performance benefits can be achieved, worker exposure considerations can be minimized, and air quality results can be improved for all.
With so many options for your engine degreasing applications, finding a product that is recognized for safety, performance, worker exposure, and environmental concerns has been a difficult challenge…until now! We believe L-44® products will not only meet your expectations for performance, we are confident in their economies of use and certain our Safer Choice labeled product will alleviate your safety worries for your valued workers and our planet.
Our Goals For L-44® Product Formulations
From the beginning, we focused our attention on the river transportation industry due to its dependence on diesel power plants to move the tugs and barges specific to their operations. Our goal was to develop a formulation designed for safety that would provide tug and marine operations with superior performance, and still be “friendly” for the worker and environment.
Our goals were as follows:
- Formulate a degreaser offering superior performance advantages.
- Substantiate its cleaning ability through required testing protocols.
- And most importantly, verify the product formulation for safety, worker, and environmental concerns as mandated by the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice program.
Development & Certification Process
After nearly two years of research and technical cooperation with outside expertise, we finalized the formulation for L-44® ECD. We were honored and particularly privileged to receive industry participation in testing product efficiency from a number of river operations.
With the cooperation of an industry fleet operation, the final formulation was evaluated for performance against a nationally recognized name brand product. After six months of field trials, the final formulation was successfully approved and ultimately presented to the Safer Choice Program for review under Safer Choice’s Standard for Safer Cleaning Products.
To qualify and be certified by the Safer Choice Program:
- A product undergoes rigorous evaluation involving a detailed submission of the ingredients to an approved third party profiler for review of the toxicology concerns as they apply to both human health and the environment.
- Additionally, the results of performance/cleaning efficiency evaluations specific to the product’s intended use are submitted. These rigorous evaluation criteria are mandated by the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Program to ensure the manufacturing and use of products with safer ingredients also meet high-performance standards.
We are pleased that our company and L-44® line of products have been honored with a Partnership in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice Program. L-44® ECD, L-44® ECDB, L-44® OSD degreasers and cleaners meet the stringent health, safety, and performance criteria, crowning these products with the Safer Choice label.
What Does Safer Choice Really Mean?
When you see the Safer Choice label on a product, it means that EPA’s scientific review team has evaluated every ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects and allowed only the safest ingredients that meet stringent EPA criteria to be used.
Safer Choice labeled products do not contain known chemicals of potential concern such as carcinogens, reproductive, and developmental toxicants. Even minor product components like dyes and fragrances are screened for safety.
Our right of use for the U.S. EPA/Safer Choice logo simply proves that L-44® products meet all considerations for environmental and human health characteristics based on currently available scientific understandings. Recognition of any product does not constitute an endorsement by the EPA.
Once we received the EPA Safer Choice designation, we were able to pursue and acquired VGP Aquatic Toxicity and Biodegradability certifications, as well as the Ocular Exposure Study for all products bearing our L-44® U.S. Patent Office Registered Trademark.
L-44® OSD and SSC Soogee are also certified and recognized by CleanGredients, GreenBlue, NSF International, and The Safer Choice Team.
A Better Planet for Us All
We are honored by the willingness of all involved to help us formulate the most effective, safe industrial and engine degreasers and outdoor cleaners, and help us get EPA Safer Choice labeling. Cultivating this type of team effort is crucial to the betterment of our working environments and a better life.
We have seen how cooperation between industry, manufacturing, and regulatory agencies works together to achieve a common goal for safer chemicals and a less toxic environment. This is not just a nice feature for our product; it exemplifies the value of the process; a cooperative effort of many that results in a better product, a better environment, and when combined, dramatically supports an even greater value – a better planet for us all.