Product Initiatives - Nano Tech Cleaner
Refill. Reuse. Recycle
We continue to push awareness around our Nano Cleaner refill and concentrate programme, encouraging users to reuse their plastic bottles from home when it comes to cleaning their bike with the leading brand! Using our concentrates saves almost 9x more plastic vs buying a new 1litre bottle of our bike wash. We also launched our re-fill stations through bike stores in the UK and will be launching globally soon – we calculate this scheme will divert over 12 tonnes of plastic from landfill alone within 3 years!
We strive to ensure that as many of our products are naturally broken down as possible without compromising product effectiveness. Our flagship Nano Cleaner is biodegradable and has been since we originally brought out way back in 1994!
The triggers on our bottles are very high quality and durable and have been spec’d specifically so that they can be squeezed a minimum of 10,000 times which is equivalent 13 bottle refills! The next area for improvement here is to make the trigger completely recyclable. It has a metal spring in it currently and it’s made of black plastic (which cannot be picked up by scanners in most recycling centres). Our operations team are looking into new solutions with suppliers which is as durable and widely recyclable.
We are always looking for ways to make new and existing products biodegradable without compromising product effectiveness. We recently managed to reformulate our flagship MO94 to make it bio without compromising its effectiveness!
We removed PTFEs (Polytetrafluoroethylene) from all our products and formulas including MO94. PTFEs can cause serious harm to wildlife when they drain into water sources, so developing alternatives to this was a big focus for Muc-Off, and we’re delighted to say our whole range is now PTFE free!
Bio Wet Lube
As well as ensuring all our lubes are PTFE free, we also strive to ensure they are biodegradable when possible without compromising product effectiveness. Our Bio Wet Lube is made with natural vegetable oils which means it can be naturally broken down.
Refill. Reuse. Recycle.
A lot of our products are already refillable - including our lubes! Moving forward, we will be supporting our dealers more to help offer re-filling services – like we have with our Nano Tech Bike Cleaner - as a way to help reduce plastic and their carbon emissions across our range.
Visor, Lens & Goggle Cleaner
Another Muc-Off product that the Boffins in the R&D team have managed to make fully biodegradable and solvent free! How? The secret is PH-neutral de-ionised water.
The body of the bottle and the spray nozzle cap are widely recyclable plastic. Like with the Nano Cleaner trigger, we are looking spray nozzle options without metal springs and at whether we can add a UV dye into the black plastic of this part to make it identifiable by recycling centre sorting machines.
Many mechanics currently use single-use latex gloves when in the workshop but this is a hugely wasteful practice as latex rubber is not widely recyclable and most are not made of natural latex and therefore are not biodegradable. We calculate using data from our dealer network that each set of Muc-Off gloves could eliminate up to 200 sets of latex gloves which equates to 1kg of latex rubber being diverted from landfill for each set of Muc-Off mechanics gloves sold.
Refill, Reuse, Recycle!
Many of our products are already refillable - including our Tubeless Sealant! We have produced a 1litre bottle of sealant designed to refill our sealant pouch and reduce plastic waste! Our next mission is to work with our dealers to launch re-fill stations to reduce plastic and carbon emissions across our range.
Carbon positive sealant!
We commissioned a C02 impact report in to our No Punctures Tubeless Sealant and found that it's in fact carbon positive! What does this mean? In simple terms, our Tubeless Sealant has an undoubtably greater environmental benefit than the impact it has on the environment when manufacturing it. Intertek found “If one million tyres per year used Muc-Off tyre sealant instead of not using it, the CO2 saving would be an estimated 0.4122 million Kg CO2 per year”. For more information please visit: Carbon Foot print Intertek Report
We are constantly looking for ways to ensure all our products are made from biodegradable ingredients so they can be broken down naturally. Our Bio grease is biodegradable and is free from any nasty petroleum-based oils!
We’ve recently made changes to the lids and nozzles on some of our products so that they are no longer made of black plastic but instead transparent plastic which is widely- recyclable and can be picked up by recycling machines. This includes our Bio grease!
We are always striving to make sure that our range of products consist of Biodegradable ingredients, which break down into harmless compounds. Our Matt Detailer is one of those and has been since it was produced!
We are currently in the process of and have made changes to the nozzles and lids on some of our products to make them recyclable! They will no longer be made of black plastic, but a transparent colour which can be detected by recycling machines. Our Matt Detailer nozzle is currently in the process of being made transparent!
Eco Parts Washer
Unlike traditional solvent-based parts washers, this process provides a safe and eco-friendly cleaning solution which doesn’t pump nasty solvents into the environment!
The Eco-Parts washer uses less energy than normal solvent based part-washers, as the temperature required for effective cleaning is lower than traditional washers, at just 38 degrees. This reduces carbon emissions and is less damaging for the environment!