L-44® is the "U.S. Patent Office Registered Logo” for a "family” of chemical products specifically designed for use on transportation vessels operating in our nation’s waterways. This logo is "restricted for use” only on formulations which have been certified and approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice program as "Safer Chemistry”; safer for environmental and human health concerns. Our L-44® ECD Degreaser is the "cornerstone” product of this "Safer Choice Approved” family.
Historically, chemical manufacturers and formulators have focused on the competitive pressures of cost and performance. While successful, it frequently bypasses important consequences of use; health and our environment! Marketing tactics promote "environmental friendliness” and other positive images, but none of these ambiguous claims are, or can be substantiated! In fact, if completed accurately, many of the MSDS sheets for these "friendly/biodegradable” products blatantly contradict their promotional claims. "Change” for people and manufacturers as well, is often met with resistance. When all is well; why change? Our focus will always be influenced by costs and performance; however, we are motivated by a different understanding of the word "Change”. If you knew how, but did not for people; why? If you knew, but did not for the environment; why? L-44®’s purpose is to avoid the questions of why, by offering products certified to support our environmental and human health concerns. It is our responsibility.
To promote is easy; to "substantiate” is a considerable challenge. Our L-44® goal was to verify all product claims with documentation in compliance with the "Federal Trade Commission”. We chose the U.S. EPA’s "Safer Choice” program as our "standard” for chemical assessment. Each L-44® logo formulation was submitted for complete toxicology studies as required for recognition under the "EPA/Safer Choice” program. This program is known to be the most critical and rigorous qualification process for assessing environmental and worker safety concerns. We are proud of our "Recognized Partnership Agreement” with the EPA, and our awarded right for use of the "U.S. EPA/Safer Choice” Logo on our products and literature. This prestigious "Logo” speaks much more effectively for our product value than we ever could.
It began with a question from an owner of a river operations company. Our model is a "reflection” of support to the river transportation and marine industry’s corporate mission for "Best Environmental and Workplace Practices”. Our respect for this dedicated industry leadership for all concerns of safety is the primary influence in our product design. We are determined to "give back” to the industry what it continues to "give” us all.
No other industry has accomplished more! We are honored through our association.
"I have been using degreasers for many years and have never had the quality of degreaser that I am now using with the L-44® ECD. It reduces the amount of time I have to spend in the engine room cleaning which allows me more time to concentrate on my other duties. The younger generation of engineers are going to be spoiled by using a higher quality of degreaser than we had to use in the past. They will spend less time cleaning and no burning or skin irritation when it comes in contact with your skin.”
Rick Myers, Chief Engineer , M/V Twyla Luhr