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    Bio-Based vs Biodegradable Bicycle Maintenance Products

    Bio-Based vs Biodegradable Bicycle Maintenance Products

    The difference between bio-based and biodegradable

    Is petroleum really bad?

    Your iPhone is biodegradable. Does that come as a surprise?


    In fact, almost everything is biodegradable. It’s just that certain items might take years, decades, centuries or longer to decompose. It is essential to understand the difference between products labeled “biodegradable” and those, like all Whistler Performance Lubricants’, that are certified bio-based.

    What is biodegradable?

    There is no regulation of the word “biodegradable”, meaning any product (including your iPhone) could use the term in its labeling.


    Almost all chemical compounds and materials are subject to the biodegradation process over time; “biodegradable” simply means something is capable of being decomposed by bacteria or another living organism. To put this into perspective, crude oil and toxic petro-based chemicals are technically biodegradable — although a plastic bottle might take 100 years to decompose, and crude oil exponentially longer.


    The above should make you think twice about lubricants and other bike care products purporting to be eco-friendly through cunning, but somewhat misleading, marketing.


    What is bio-based?

    “Bio-based” means that a product is composed entirely or significantly of materials from a biological (plant or animal — all WPL’s products are plant-based) sources that are renewable and decompose immediately.


    Bio-based is not just a term, it is an official certification governed by the United States Department of Agriculture; all items labeled “bio-based” in the US must pass testing in a third-party lab.


    Transparency is a big part of WPL’s mission and the reason that all our products are certified bio-based, composed entirely of eco-friendly ingredients — no petro-based additives, synthetic oils, or toxic organic solvents. 

    Is petroleum really bad?

    Petroleum-based products can certainly be useful and are not always directly harmful, but avoiding using them can help limit our impact on the planet.


    The lasting effect of petroleum-based products goes beyond their longevity in the ecosystem. The extraction and refinement of oil produce large amounts of toxic waste and by-products, not to mention the harmful effects of inevitable spillages and the industry's emissions.


    Whistler Performance Lubricants is dedicated to creating elevated performance, biodegradable, bio-based bicycle maintenance products developed in leading materials science laboratories to achieve unmatched functionality.

    WPL Goes Global with World-Class Distributors

    January 1, 2019

    WHISTLER, BC—WPL announced that the company is entering into 2019 with a chosen group of world-class distributors representing WPL in each country. The countries include Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, USA, and UK. Names and contact information can be found on the WPL Distributor webpage. With these new distinguished distributors around the world, WPL products are now available to a broader market, focusing on bike performance and environmental sustainability.

    “We are delighted that WPL have chosen TF Tuned to take forward their product line in the UK. We’ve been extremely impressed with the performance of WPL’s suspension fluids, which we use across the range of brands that we service here in our busy workshop,” said UK’s Distributor Greg Ruddle of TF Tuned. “WPL [is] the only company providing a full range of mountain bike specific lubricants and fluids which are both Bio-Based and Biodegradable. It is great to know that by using these environmentally friendly products we are taking steps to reduce our overall impact on the planet. Here at TF Tuned we only recommend products that we are happy to use ourselves and WPL’s Premium Bio-Based range really hits the mark!”

    By increasing representation globally with these formidable new partners, WPL will rapidly expand availability to more retail and online stores internationally. Riders and mechanics across the world now have the high performance and reliable products within reach, knowing that the full line is safe for the environment as well as their own health.

    Lubricants vs. Biolubricants

    Lubricants vs. Biolubricants
    Until recently, biolubricants would be prepared using low grade, unrefined vegetable oils from different sources. But what if you knew how to use different plant oils and oleochemicals to synthesize biobased oils with similar properties and purity as synthetic oils, without any additives?

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