WHAT ARE WATER-BASED COATINGS?
A coating is typically a fluid composite used to protect a surface. When dry, the coating leaves a continuous protective film over the treated surface that is thin, strong and elastic. In order to be applied correctly, however, the coating must have the correct viscosity. In other words it must have the right consistency to allow for a fluid and flowing application. This is why diluents are used, to thin the coatings just before use in order to aid application. There are two types of diluents: solvent-based and water-based. In the latter, water acts as the vehicle for transporting the resin and other additives onto the element to be treated. Using water-based diluents reduces the emission of solvents to almost zero and means that nearly only harmless water vapour is released into the environment. This is why water-based coatings are recognised as being water-soluble and environmentally friendly.
Snaidero has been using water-based coatings in its manufacturing process since 2006. This is another clear signal of the Company's solid and growing commitment to the environment. Using the water-based coating process reduces the emission into the environment of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) by 95% with respect to solvent-based coatings. In addition, it should not be forgotten that water-based coatings are odourless, non-flammable and have extremely low toxicity levels.
RESPECTING THE ENVIRONMENT AND PEOPLE'S HEALTH
The careful process of monitoring and reducing its environmental impact started many years ago at Snaidero. It has led to the elimination of pigments containing heavy metals in the lacquer finish coatings used in production, pigments that could potentially have been toxic to our workers. The Company has also drastically reduced the amount of aromatic diluents used in the manufacturing process. This commitment reduces the emission into the atmosphere of volatile organic compounds, released during the coating application process.
These measures result in a clear improvement in the healthiness of the working environment, as well as a significant reduction in the dispersion of these compounds in the home in which the kitchen is installed. This occurs because coatings can continue to release substances for a long time after they have dried. This clear improvement in the manufacturing process was further consolidated in the last few years by the adoption of water-based matt lacquer coatings. These new coatings provide the same functional characteristics, performance and looks that are now essential for any kitchen environment, without any health risks.