Aerosol Is Still Bad, So Don’t Use It!

January 2nd, 2014 BY Craig Baird | 3 Comments

Ever since the Montreal Protocol in 1989, the use of CFCs has steadily gone down in aerosols. This has helped the ozone recover and make it a secondary environmental issue compared with the mega-issue that is global warming. However, this is a false sense of security as many people do not quite understand how CFCs are being eliminated, and many people still use aerosols when they should.

There are several reasons not to use aerosols, and my wife and I have banned them as part of Our Green Year. Here are just a few reasons as to why:

  • Ounce for ounce, spray on product sold in aerosol cans is about
    twice the cost of bulk product. You pay for propellants in every
    aerosol can (10 to 15 percent by weight).
  • Carbon dioxide,
    propane and butane are commonly used aerosol propellants that are also
    “greenhouse gases” that contribute to global warming and smog
  • Aerosol cans of solvent-based brake cleaners
    contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contribute to ozone and
    smog formation and harm worker’s health.
  • Used aerosol cans
    that are not empty may be considered hazardous waste. Under the federal
    Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), aerosol cans may only be
    recycled or disposed of as non-hazardous wastes if they have been
    emptied through normal use or punctured and drained to remove
    significant liquids. (Shops are responsible for properly managing any
    captured wastes recovered from puncturing and draining.)

Aerosols are not needed in our society. If you have deodorant, you can easily get by with buying natural stick deodorant, rather than aerosol deodorant. Do you have PAM in your house? Stop using it because that is an aerosol.

There was a time when the term aerosol was a bad word. People would shy away from using them because they would be seen as environmentally-unfriendly. However, as climate change becomes the hot button issue of the future, millions of people are now going back to aerosol because it is no longer seen as a danger. The ozone is finally recovering, and many aerosols are not going to be free of CFCs until between 2010 and 2020. As a result, avoid the use of aerosols at all costs to protect planet Earth.

  1. flowerhorn08

    The only effective way to put a stop to using aerosols is to ban it from being produced. With no production in sight, no one will be able to use it and thus our planet is saved!

  2. ACCER

    Talk about the ultimate in oversimplification. Good grief. In case you haven’t been following along, everything is going to destroy the planet.

    Back in the 1980’s they warned that aerosol was going to destroy the planet completely by 2000.


    • Responses to ACCER
      NativeCanadian says:
      March 17

      You certainly oversimplified, but ignore the last poster, simplified or not, you are correct. Unfortunately packaging and convience are the evil that will be our downfall. Aerosol cans, propellants, and waste, all so unnecessary. With the damage done in the last 70 years, I can’t even imagine what damage will be in another 70 years, we are so much better at it now.

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