Many of us grew up hearing that aerosol spray cans are bad for the environment. But what is actually the deal with aerosol spray cans, and are they still depleting the ozone layer?
Aerosol spray cans were first popularized in the 1920's, and were a novel new mechanism that allowed for a continuous spray with just the press of a button. The chemicals used to propel product in aerosol bottles were called CFC's (Chlorofluorocarbons). In the 1970's scientists discovered that CFC's were accumulating in the environment, and depleting the earth's ozone layer. The U.S. banned CFC's in the 1970's. The Clean Air Act further restricted use of CFC’s in the U.S., and most of the world followed suit.
Since CFC's were banned, all aerosol products made in the U.S. now use propellants, such as hydrocarbons and compressed gas that do not deplete the ozone layer.
Of course, just because aerosol cans aren't depleting the ozone layer doesn’t mean they are actually good for the environment. They still contain hydrocarbons and compressed gas, like nitrous oxide, which are known for their contribution to global warming.
Modern-day, CFC-free aerosol sprays also emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contribute to ground-level ozone levels, a key component of asthma-inducing smog. The state of California is now regulating consumer products that contain VOCs.
This is the main reason we chose to use a pump spray bottle for our All-Over Deodorant Spray. The bottle does not use an aerosol mechanism, and is therefore more environmentally friendly (plus, 100% recyclable!). Little choices like these are what make our products good for you and good for the environment.
You can shop the All-Over Deodorant Spray here.