Magnus Eco-PROFILe©

Magnus has created an eco-design tool called the Magnus Eco-PROFILe®. It was developed to determine the environmental impact Magnus products have as well as to improve their environmental and toxicological characteristics.

With the Magnus Eco-PROFILe®, nine environmental and toxicological criteria are evaluated and a score of either 0, 1, or 2 is attributed to each one. Afterwards, the scores are combined and a total score, for a maximum of 18 points, is attributed to the product. A list of the criteria, their definitions, and their respective rating systems are available below.

Magnus pays great attention to the exactness, relevance, and verifiability of the information it provides its customers. Magnus has consulted reliable scientific sources, such as the European and North American labelling criteria, to ensure the accuracy of the Magnus Eco-PROFILe® calculations. A list of relevant sources can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Environmental Record

Magnus shares its results with customers by publishing, with utter transparency, the environmental and toxicological profile of a wide range of products. The aim is to allow users to see the impact, either positive or negative, of the products they use as well as to choose products which meet their specific needs.

Below, you will find supplementary information about the criteria and a detailed description of the methods used to calculate the Magnus Eco-PROFILe®.

For each of Magnus’ products or type of applications, experts select the most relevant toxicological and environmental criteria from the available nine choices . Detailed results are then provided in the Magnus Eco-PROFILe® attached to the product's technical bulletin. The profile is comprised of three sections:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biodegradability

Definition:

Biodegradability is one of the most important parameters used to evaluate the environmental impact of an organic product. A product is biodegradable if it can be broken down naturally by living organisms (microorganisms, bacteria, algae, etc.). Biodegradability is characterized by the ease and speed of decomposition. For our purpose, only ease of decomposition is considered. According to our rating system, if more than 70% of a product or raw material decomposes in less than 28 days, it is considered biodegradable.

Rating System:

  • 0: >5% of the raw materials (or their by-products) are not readily biodegradable.
  • 1: <5% of the raw materials (or their by-products) are not readily biodegradable.
  • 2: All of the raw materials (or their by-products) are readily biodegradable when the biodegradability test is conducted according to the OECD 301 series.

Reference: (5)

Skin Corrosivity

Definition:

The ability to cause skin damage upon application or contact with the product.

Rating System:

  • 0: Corrosive: pH of the finished product: ≤ 2.0 or >11.5 (does not apply if non-corrosivity has been proven in the laboratory).
  • 1: Irritant: if the finished product has skin irritating properties.
  • 2: Non-irritant: the product is non-irritating and its pH does not fall within the corrosivity range, or non-corrosivity has been proven in the laboratory.

Reference: (14)

Flammability

Definition:

The ability of a material to ignite upon contact with a flame, spark, or high temperatures. To determine its flammability, we use the flash point of a product.

Rating System:

  • 0: Flammable: Flash point of the finished product: < 23°C.
  • 1: Combustible: Flash point of finished product: ≥ 23°C and < 93°C.
  • 2: Non-flammable: Flash point of finished product: ≥ 93°C.

Reference: (15)

Oral Toxicity

Definition:

The negative effects caused by the oral intake of a chemical product. During our tests, oral toxicity is evaluated according to LD50 testing on rats: LD50 is the oral dose that can result in the death of 50% of animals tested. LD50 is expressed in mg/kg.

Rating System:

  • 0: Toxic: LD50 of the finished product: < 500 mg / kg.
  • 1: Low toxicity: LD50 of the finished product: ≥ 500 mg/kg and < 5000 mg/kg.
  • 2: Non-toxic: LD50 of the finished product: ≥ 5000 mg/kg.

Reference: (12)

Aquatic Ecotoxicity

Definition:

The toxic effects of the chemical agents on aquatic species: fish, invertebrates, algae, and bacteria. During our tests, aquatic ecotoxicity is evaluated according to the acute toxicity LC50/EC50 of raw materials (or their by-products) on the organisms, the biodegradability of the raw materials (or their by-products), and their respective potential for bio-accumulation.

Rating System:

  • 0: Finished product rated Acute 1 or Acute 2 according to GHS classification, or a final product rated Acute 3 with raw materials (or by-products) that are bioaccumulative or non-biodegradable.
  • 1: Finished product rated Acute 3 with ecotoxic raw materials (or their by-products) that are biodegradable and not bioaccumulative.
  • 2: Finished product not rated as ecotoxic Acute 1, 2, or 3, or a final product with a critical dilution volume that does not exceed the Nordic Ecolabel threshold (9 500 litres).

References: (1) (3) (2) (6) (16)

CMR Content

Definition:

Evaluation of the quantity of CMR substances in a product: The term CMR refers to substances that are carcinogenic and/or mutagenic and/or teratogenic and/or toxic to reproduction. A carcinogen is a substance that can aggravate cancer or promote susceptibility.

A mutagen (mutation and gene) is an agent that changes the genome (in general, the DNA) of an organism and, as a result, raises the total number of genetic mutations above natural levels.

Reprotoxicity is the term used to describe toxicity to reproduction, especially in reference to infertility.

Teratogen is the term used to describe the production of malformations (embryo or foetus developmental disorders).

Rating System:

  • 0: The presence of at least one raw material (or by-product) declared or suspected of being carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, or toxic to reproduction: % (w/w) ≥ 0.1.
  • 1: The presence of a raw material (or by-products) declared or suspected as possibly a CMR: % (w/w) < 0.1.
  • 2: No raw material (or by-products) suspected or declared as CMR.

Reference: (13)

VOC Content

Definition:

Evaluation of the amount of volatile organic compounds in the product. A volatile organic compound (VOC) is a chemical substance with at least one carbon atom and one hydrogen atom. Several of these compounds play a role in the photochemical reactions responsible for tropospheric ozone formation. They can have an impact on human health.

Rating System:

  • 0: High VOC content in the finished product: % (w/w) ≥ 12.
  • 1: Low VOC content in the finished product: % (w/w) ≥ 5 and < 12.
  • 2: Very low VOC content in the finished product: % (w/w) <5.

Reference: (7)

The Content of Renewable Raw Materials

Definition:

Evaluation of the percentage of renewable sources in raw materials. A renewable source is a natural resource with stock which can be recovered over a short period of time on a human scale. Here are a few examples of renewable sources: livestock resources or cultivated vegetables (biomass), wind power, solar power, etc.

Rating System:

  • 0: < 25% of raw materials is from renewable sources.
  • 1: ≥ 25% and < 75% of the raw materials are renewable.
  • 2: ≥ 75% of raw materials are renewable.

 

Compliance with Discharge Standards

Definition:

Evaluation used to determine if discharge thresholds are respected according to regulation no. 2008-047 established by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) for water decontamination.

Note:

The Compliance with Discharge Standards rating cannot be applied to all of Magnus products as the waste residue of some products cannot be dumped into sewer systems. For these types of products, their end-of-life is evaluated.

Rating System:

Taken into consideration are the following parameters: DOC, heavy metals, phosphorus, nitrogen, and pH of the waste product (resulting from the use of the product).

  • 0: More than one parameter, among those listed above, exceeds the highest standards for discharge into a sewage treatment plant with a physico-chemical treatment process.
  • 1: One parameter, among those listed above, exceeds the discharge standards for a treatment plant with a physico-chemical treatment process.
  • 2: All parameters are in compliance with discharge standards.

Reference: (10)

End-of-life

Definition:

The wastewater obtained after applying certain types of Magnus products must be treated before disposal. Products are rated based on the ease of their end-of-life treatment. In order to evaluate products, the following compounds are taken into consideration: Ammonia and its salts, biocides, boron, DEA, EDTA, heavy metals, NPE, products containing chlorine, products containing phosphorus, and solvents with a flash point below 60°C.

The presence of these compounds in the final product makes the wastewater disposal difficult.

Rating System:

  • 0: > 0.1% (w/w) of one of the compounds mentioned above is present in the finished product.
  • 1: < 0.1% (w/w) of one of the compounds mentioned above is present.
  • 2: No compound is present in the finished product.

References: (5), (8), (9), (11)

References

  1. Le portail de l'économie et des finances, France. www.econimie.gouv.fr. [Online] 2012. http://www.economie.gouv.fr/files/guide_allegations_31janv.pdf.
  2. SGH, part 4, Dangers pour l'environnement. New York and Geneva: s.n., 2011. pp. 235-262.
  3. Detergents Ingredients Database, part A. European Commission, Environment, Ecolabel. [Online] January 2007. http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/documents/did_list/didlist_part_a_en.pdf.
  4. Design for the Environment Program / Master Criteria for Safer Ingredients. United States Environmental Protection Agency. [Online] September 2012. http://www.epa.gov/dfe/pubs/projects/gfcp/dfe_master_criteria_safer_ingredients_v2_1.pdf.
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  7. Detergents Ingredients Database, part B. European Commission, Environment, Ecolabel. [Online] January 2007. http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/documents/did_list/didlist_part_b_en.pdf.
  8. Determination of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in consumer products and reactive organic compounds in aerosol coating products. Air resources Board. [Online] September 29, 2011. http://www.arb.ca.gov/testmeth/cptm/method310.pdf.
  9. Liste de substances d'intérêt prioritaire. [Online] 1999. http://www.ec.gc.ca/lcpe-cepa/default.asp?lang=Fr&n=C6C230D5-1.
  10. Liste des substances de l'Inventaire national des rejets de polluants (INRP). [Online] 2012. http://www.ec.gc.ca/inrp-npri/default.asp?lang=Fr&n=E2BFC2DB-1.
  11. Règlement numéro 2008-047 de la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal sur l’assainissement des eaux, Annex 1.  Montreal: s.n., 2008.
  12. RoHS Restricted Substances. [Online] 2014. http://www.rohsguide.com/rohs-substances.htm.
  13. SGH, part 3, Dangers pour la santé, Chapitre 3.1 Toxicité Aigue. New York and Geneva: s.n., 2011. p. 124.
  14. SGH, part 3, Dangers pour la santé, Chapitres 3.5, 3.6 et, 3.7. New York and Geneva: s.n., 2011. pp. 171-201.
  15. SGH, part 3, Dangers pour la santé, Chapitre 3.2 Corrosion cutanée. New York and Geneva: s.n., 2011. pp. 133-144.
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