|Ecotree ... Providing Environmentally
Ecotree is a bioscience company that puts science
to work by creating sustainable solutions which contribute
to a cleaner, safer and healthier Mother Earth. Specialising
in the production of a wide range of innovative products relating
to biobased lubricants and its derivatives, Ecotree was established
in 2005 by a group of entrepreneurs who recognise the importance
of developing renewable alternatives to fossil fuels. Ecotree
assumed the business operations of Stephen Hansford Petroleum,
an established lubricants specialist with operations dating
back to the early 1970s. With this strategic merger, Ecotree
was able to marry over 30 years of experience in the lubrication
industry with modern science to produce a range of traditional
as well as biodegradable lubricants.
Our biolubricants are marketed under the Ecotree brand name
while the traditional range of mineral based lubricants is
promoted under the Hansford label.
Ecotree caters to a broad range of industries from mainstream
automotive and engineering industries to more specialised
industries such as incidental food contact lubricants for
the food processing industry. For the metalworking industries,
we have a full range of biobased, biodegradable and biocide
protected high performance metal-cutting fluids that are formulated
to provide high performance properties for all medium to heavy
duty machining operations.
Background to our
As fossil fuels continue to be depleted, the shift
to renewable source lubricants is becoming more and more urgent.
Biolubricants have many inherent
qualities which provide natural advantages over mineral based
lubricants. As biolubricants are derived from renewable resources,
their use avoids the upstream pollution associated with petroleum
extraction and refining. With numerous environmental disasters
arising from spillage of mineral oils, the natural characteristics
of biolubricants like degradability, low toxicity, not harming
aquatic based organisms and surrounding vegetation become
particularly attractive. Biolubricants are ideally suited
for applications where recycling is impossible, worker exposure
is likely or contamination with the environment is inevitable.
These qualities are particularly
important in applications in environmentally sensitive areas
such as marine and forestry ecosystems, and become a necessity
for total loss lubricants such as in hydraulic systems, chainsaw
and mould release oils, etc.
Biolubricants are inherently safer than their petroleum counterparts
because of their high flash point, low volatile organic compound
emissions and relatively low toxicity.
In terms of performance, biolubricants generally outperform
traditional lubricants in its defining characteristic - they
lubricate extremely well resulting in lower equipment wear.
With an inherent high viscosity index, biolubricants do not
thin as readily as petroleum oils in warm temperatures, allowing
some lubricants a longer life.
We are presently finalising our application to obtain the
prestigious Blue Angel ecolabel from Germany and the Nordic
Swan label of the Scandinavian countries.