If you read my earlier posts you are now realizing how nasty Toluene is. And now you’re likely wondering how it affects you? We know it affects the workers at the manufacturers who use Toluene as an adhesive. We also know inhalant abusers, or “glue sniffers”, are subject to high levels of Toluene. We also know that the government has “acceptable levels of Toluene” for consumers. But let me stop right there – acceptable levels of Toluene? This is another way of saying “It’s too hard to eliminate Toluene”.
Well to that concept I say nonsense. Ariaprene is now proof that you can have 100% Toluene free products. Consumer demand for “Toluene Free” and “Solvent Free” will force governments and companies to demand all manufacturers upgrade, evolve and eliminate the nasty solvent.
As I sit in my neighborhood coffee shop, I thought I would point out some items here that likely contain Toluene, to give you an idea of how widespread the usage is. For as you now know, if you want a strong cheap adhesive, or glue, then Toluene is the most common solvent used.
1) Neighbor’s Dell Lap-top sleeve – used to adhere the surface fabrics to the inner foam; also used for the lining fabric
2) Wooden dowel chairs – glue that secures the legs
3) My computer!!! – used to adhere keys, etc.
4) My neighbor’s computer bag – used to adhere the leather strap loops to the body of the bag
5) This woman’s nail polish – used as the bonding solvent
6) Painted red door – used as the solvent in the paint thinner and paint
7) Man’s shinny shoes – used as the solvent in his shoe polish
8) Shinny sofa – used as the solvent to shine / clean the leather
9) Heavy tape on door – adhesive solvent used (for example – in Duct tape)
10) Clay flower pot – solvent used to help it solidify and hold
11) Girl’s Band-Aid on finger – solvent used as adhesive…..on a child’s finger which will certainly go in her mouth!