THE EPA & TiO2
The EPA and TiO2
The EPA has the challenging task of protecting human health and the environment. Their duties, amongst other responsibilities, is to ensure that Americans have clean air, land, and water. They also evaluate chemicals in the marketplace for safety.
Titanium Dioxide is a well-researched and studied mineral. The discovery of its self-cleaning properties occurred in 1972. Based on the results of such research and numerous studies, the scientific community agrees on its photocatalytic attributes. The EPA classified Titanium Dioxide as an inert ingredient and has approved it for several agricultural uses. The FDA approved Titanium Dioxide as a food additive in 1966.
Meaning of EPA Registered
The EPA approves label instructions and uses for products that eliminate micro-organisms strains. Test on use is done commonly for short periods and measures the product's ability to sterilize surfaces.
The EPA requires that the use of a product follows label instructions explicitly. Modifying the product in any way, including dilution, without explicit instruction, voids its approval.
EPA and limitations of product use
The EPA clearly states the limitations of a product. The "Only Use On Hard Surfaces" restriction is the most common. A significant number of products are especially ineffective in porous or soft surfaces.
The EPA also dictates contact times. The majority of products on the market complete their active life expectancy less than one hour after application. These products are all adequate at best if you expect to clean your car every day.
Several States have issued recommendations that dealer dilute bleach or hydrogen peroxide in water. These bleaching agents are as effective and as caustic as Lysol. The DrivePur process offers the addition of our SHOK pre-treatment step using Thymol the only EPA Registered, all natural, non caustic Virus Killer.
TiO2 and EPA Registration
Due to its volume of use and current exemption classification, it is open to question if TiO2 can achieve registration. Our company works within EPA guidelines and strives to continue driving TiO2 into the mainstream, and highlight it's powerful impact against bacteria, viruses, mold, germs, and allergens.