Additives for environmentally friendly products

What is "green"?
There are no universal "green" standards. The way BYK sees it, "green" is whatever environmental standard the customer needs to meet.

We are the first additive manufacturer to prepare a life cycle assessment for individual products and to have them certified by TÜV Rheinland. The internationally recognized standards ISO 14040 and 14044 form the basis for the assessment. For four of its products, BYK can now make certified statements regarding their environmental impact, including their so called "carbon footprint".

A dispersing agent for aqueous systems and three defoamers were certified first. They are used in architectural coatings and paper coatings, for example. The defoamers have been assessed according to food safety and hygiene regulations and feature a remarkably low VOC content. One of the defoamers is also biodegradable as it is manufactured on the basis of renewable raw materials.

Data about the manufacturing process and upstream chain processes were required as the basis for the life cycle assessment. The energy consumption, transport routes, and the raw materials used are also taken into consideration. The resulting information is documented in an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) according to the international standard ISO 14025.
Our many years of experience in the additive business have been an advantage when it comes to "being green": Our broad product portfolio offers many options for green solutions. And: Our proven products are known for their high level of performance and quality.

More detailed information on "Greenability" can be found in our "Greenability" literature (left).


환경마크(Ecolabel)를 통한 친환경 제품 표시가 점점 더 중요해지고 있습니다. 페인트 및 코팅제 생산업체들은 자신들의 제품이 평가 기준을 충족시켜서 탁월한 친환경성이 입증된 “인증마크” 라벨을 제품에 부착할 수 있기를바랍니다.

해당 국가의 관련 기관에 “인증마크” 라벨을 신청하려면 필요 문서를 제출해야 합니다.

Additives from renewable raw materials

The percentage of renewable materials in a product is another key indicator that is used to evaluate the eco-friendliness of a product. This factor also plays an important role in the development of eco-friendly coating and plastic systems. Thanks to its intensive product and application research, BYK now offers its customers a comprehensive portfolio of some 100 additives that are based on renewable materials.

Here you find a summary of BYK additives with details regarding the percentage of renewable resources.