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.