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Black Bear receives certification for carbon black pigments

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Black Bear’s carbon black has received an official "Cradle to Cradle Certified" Bronze Certificate, assessed by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA). This is the first time that a carbon black has received this certification.

Black Bear receives certification for carbon black pigments. Source: Black Bear

Black Bear receives certification for carbon black pigments. Source: Black Bear

"This certification is a clear demonstration of our commitment to accelerating the transition towards a circular economy. We are pleased that we can now offer carbon black users a real and officially certified choice for selecting clean and green materials” said Martijn Lopes Cardozo, CEO Black Bear.

Low levels of harmful PAHs

One of the findings of the certification activities was a reconfirmation that Black Bear’s carbon black has extremely low levels of harmful PAHs. This is increasingly becoming important given health considerations and increased REACH regulation. Michael Braungart, founder and CEO of EPEA, said: "The Black Bear carbon product is 'upcycled' because the output material is of higher quality than the input material. Its low content of PAHs means that it can be recommended for use in all kinds of applications, including those involving skin contact, such as bicycle handlebars, stroller handles, wheelchairs, and in car and bike tyres.”

About Cradle to Cradle Products

The "Cradle to Cradle Certified" Products Program is an independent, third-party verified certification program that certifies products and materials that are developed to respect human and environmental health, designed for future use cycles, and that utilize clean energy and water throughout the supply chain. Certified products are required to show continuous improvement every two years.

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