This company has made available ShiraSol, a volatile organic compound(VOC)-compliant alternative to slow-evaporating conventional solvents such as mineral spirits, aromatic 100, methyl amyl ketone (MAK), and butyl acetate. The material reportedly has performance characteristics similar to these solvents it is designed to replace while eliminating the emission of VOCs and other toxic pollutants. 

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has created a new class of Clean Air Solvents (CAS) for solvents which, among other criteria, contain no more than 25 grams of VOC per liter of material. SCAQMD has certified ShiraSol as a Clean Air Solvent. In addition, independent ASTM 313-91 testing has reportedly confirmed ShiraSol is VOC-compliant throughout the United States and Canada. 

“TBF has been working on an effective alternative to mineral spirits for a number of years,” said David W. Rowat, CEO of TBF Environmental. “ShiraSol provides companies an effective VOC-compliant solvent alternative that allows manufacturers to meet the VOC content limits established by SCAQMD, the EPA, OTC and other air quality regulators.”

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