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A greener future with biolubricants

HUMAN impact on the environment is high on social, political and global agendas, with businesses and the general population receiving a wake up call from scientists on the global impact of climate change.

The message has been that every little bit helps and every eco-conscious decision that is made, be it walking to work or planting more trees, is a positive step toward a healthier atmosphere.

Oil is a basic ingredient in so many products, however its impact on the environment and the scarcity of the mineral reserves has bolstered the sales of eco-alternatives to petro-chemical based products.

One area which has the potential to have a huge impact on the carbon footprint is the biolubricant market.

Considering just 1 litre of oil will contaminate 1 million litres of water, it is suggested biolubricants should always be considered as a first option especially when operating machinery in environmentally sensitive locations.

Biolubricants are for use on any machinery with moving parts in order to reduce friction. Biolubricants will also protect metals against corrosion from salt, acid and rust.

The key difference between a biolubricant and a tradition petro-chemical based lubricant is that the Biolube is biodegradable and non-toxic, making them safe for both workers and the environment.

Also, unlike mineral based lubricants, biolubricants are made from vegetable, plant and organic based oils which are a renewable resource.

Biolubricants will reduce mechanical energy losses, as well as minimise general wear and tear resulting from friction, protect parts from corrosion and lower operating temperatures whilst preventing environmental pollution.

These natural solutions are also safer for users as they are non-toxic and non-carcinogenic, making them the ideal response to occupational health and safety concerns.

Brisbane based company Lanotec produce a range of versatile natural lubricants which are lanolin based.

Lanolin is derived from sheep wool and the company sources their lanolin from Australian sheep farmers.

To see Lanotec’s full range of products or to enquire about stockist details, please visit the Lanotec website at or email

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