Eco-Friendly Aspects of Using Micro Abrasion Instead of Caustics

With seemingly limitless applications, Airbrasive’s micro-blast machines are used daily all over the world—achieving unparalleled results across a wide array of industries. Micro-blasting technology not only provides users with unparalleled flexibility, precision, and total control, but has been a critical component in advancing the fight for workplace safety and environmental responsibility. Here’s why.


The Health and Environmental Dangers of Caustics

Also known for their varied uses, caustics such as sodium hydroxide (NaOH or caustic soda) and potassium hydroxide (KOH or caustic potash) have long been used for everything from cleaning to carbon-fiber reinforcement.

But while they’re certainly powerful, these strong alkaline chemicals are aggressive—instantly eating away at anything they come in contact with. They easily cause burns on the skin, eyes, and in the gastrointestinal tract. Worse still, they are highly flammable, carrying the risk of explosion, and produce toxic gases that are harmful when inhaled.

But the worries don’t end there. When the job is done, caustics are a pain to dispose of. Across the board, chemical cleaners have to be treated as hazardous waste due to the immense damage they can cause to the surrounding environment in the event of a leak. If they find their way into nearby lakes or rivers, or are exposed to local wildlife, the environmental impact can be devastating.

In fact, caustics are so dangerous that even the packaging used to carry them can’t be recycled—the risk of contamination is too great.


An Eco-Friendly Alternative

Advancements in micro-abrasive technology have allowed industries across the globe to harness the benefits associated with caustic materials without opening themselves up to the risks.

With micro-abrasion, as long the abrasive material is chosen with thought and care and contained correctly, the risks of environmental effects are kept to a minimum and vastly reduced when compared to using dangerous caustic chemicals. And with so many different specially-formulated Airbrasive® powders available, finding the right solution is a walk in the park.

Sodium Bicarbonate is an especially environmentally-friendly option for cleaning, removing paint, or degreasing all kinds of masonry materials. Non-hazardous, non-toxic, and biodegradable, this marvel of modern technology releases no hazardous emissions into the air and won’t build up in soil or adversely affect the local environment if discharged correctly.

And no matter which abrasive material is used, a simple blasting booth is all that’s needed to properly contain and control blast materials so they can be recycled, re-used, or disposed of safely in designated landfills.


An Easy Choice

Compared to caustics, there’s no doubt that micro-abrasion is the cleaner, safer, and more environmentally responsible solution to your needs.

At Airbrasive, we’re not just fans of micro-abrasive techniques—we invented the technology. Since the 1940s, we’ve set the standard for micro-blasting, and continue to push for the most advanced, safe, and effective micro-blasting solutions to keep you and your community out of harm’s way.

If you’re looking to breathe easy about the environmental impact of your work, consider upgrading today. Get in touch, tell us your challenge, and trust the experts at Airbrasive to find the right solution for you.