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Renewable Lubricants

 

Renewable Lubricants, Inc. (RLITM) manufactures ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE lubricant products that are formulated from renewable agricultural plant and animal resources. Their full-line of proven biobased lubricants gives  customers enhanced vegetable lubricant performance from soy, corn, canola, sunflower and other bio-materials for BioPreferred purchasing.

 

Renewable Lubricants patented biobased technology transforms these oils into high performance green lubricants that can endure the harshest, hottest engines and the cruelest, coldest winters.

 

Use of Renewable Lubricants biodegradable lubricant products eliminates the potential for hazardous leaks and spills while reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

 

They offer all this at a cost competitive, performance advantage to petroleum-based products, and substantially lower cost than biodegradable synthetic alternatives.  They believe Earth's environmental future rests in the use of renewable materials.

 

Biobased and BioPreferred are the new buzz words in the US Government and economic security is the main driving force to provide sustainable green products to meet BioPreferred Procurement.

 

BioPreferred!

 

The purpose of the USDA Biopreferred program is to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products. The program is expected to promote economic development, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farm commodities. To the extent that the BioPreferred program achieves its purpose, the increased purchase of biobased products will also be expected to reduce petroleum consumption, increase the use of renewable resources, better manage the carbon cycle, and may contribute to reducing adverse environmental and health impacts.

 

The USDA Biopreferred program has two major initiatives:

  • Product Labeling USDA certifies and awards labels to qualifying products to increase consumer recognition of biobased products.
  • Federal Procurement Preference USDA designates categories of biobased products that are afforded preference by Federal agencies when making purchasing decisions.

RLI proudly displays the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label on its products.

 

History of Renewable Lubricants

 

Since 1991, Renewable Lubricants Inc. (RLI) has been under an intensive R&D program collecting confidential data for RLI’s biobased technology. Many different additives and base oils were reviewed for performance and toxicological properties. In 1993, RLI received a USA/DOD Grant where RLI collaborated with Lubrizol and State Universities. During the R&D, Lubrizol and RLI reviewed and tested many additives and shared the data. The R&D continued with Grants from the United Soybean Board and additional collaborations from Dow AgroSciences, Ohio Soybean Council, Battelle Institute, National & Ohio Corn Growers Associations, and other government organizations. The Eco-toxicity and Biodegradability Tests were conducted and shared on many different additives in vegetable oils and synthetic base oils.

 

In 2002 RLI in collaboration with Chevron Phillips Chemical, constructed at RLI’s laboratory the ASTM D-5864 Biodegradability Test. From November 2002 to January 2005 RLI ran 42 Biodegradability Tests. RLI's complete setup measured the biodegradability of six sample formulations in triplicate along with vegetable oil controls and blanks over a 28 day period.

 

Ultimate Biodegration = Complete Biodegration. Molecular cleavage must be sufficiently extensive to remove biological, toxicological, chemical and physical properties associated with the use of the original product, eventually forming carbon dioxide and water. The bacterial microorganisms used in biodegradation tests are some of the simplest forms of life, and like all living organisms, are adversely affected by the presence of chemical toxins. The low toxicity of these biobased products is demonstrated by the microorganism’s ability to multiply and biodegrade Renewable Lubricants’ Biobased Products in ASTM D-5864 biodegradation studies.

 

he RLI Turfgrass Toxicological Test is a toxicological test designed by RLI to mimic both a half gallon and a one gallon spill of hydraulic fluid on a 25 square foot grassy area.  This test compares the toxicity of biobased formulations with petroleum formulation on creeping bentgrass (golf course greens) in small 36 sq. in test plots under controlled growth conditions.

The front four test plots showing the burnt bentgrass are the result of petroleum hydraulic spills.  The petroleum oils in these plots burned the grass within 24 hours.  The remaining plots are spills of RLI's biobased hydraulic formulations, pure vegetable oil, and blank test controls.  There was no noticeable difference in plant health between equal spill volumes of RLI's biobased hydraulic formulations and pure vegetable oil.

 

Turfgrass Toxicological Test

 

The RLI Turfgrass Toxicological Test is a toxicological test designed by RLI to mimic both a half gallon and a one gallon spill of hydraulic fluid on a 25 square foot grassy area.  This test compares the toxicity of biobased formulations with petroleum formulation on creeping bentgrass (golf course greens) in small 36 sq. in test plots under controlled growth conditions.

 

The front four test plots showing the burnt bentgrass are the result of petroleum hydraulic spills.  The petroleum oils in these plots burned the grass within 24 hours.  The remaining plots are spills of RLI's biobased hydraulic formulations, pure vegetable oil, and blank test controls.  There was no noticeable difference in plant health between equal spill volumes of RLI's biobased hydraulic formulations and pure vegetable oil.

 

Information from Renewable Lubricants website

 

 

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