The Green Miyagi only uses Eco Touch products. Eco Touch developed the very first Wateless Wash. We do this because we believe in their integrity as formulators to use only Earth friendly ingredients while also ensuring that products are highly effective in premium car-care.
"The entire line of Eco Touch products has been formulated with the environment and user performance in mind. Our products rely on cleaning, polishing and protecting agents that equal or surpass competitor products.
For example, many of our solvents are derived from a soybean base, while our surfactants derive from palm kernel oil.
Unlike the overwhelming majority of auto product manufacturers, we reveal both the functional and scientific ingredients on our packaging and website."
"CleanGredients is a database of chemical ingredients used primarily to formulate residential, institutional, industrial, and janitorial cleaning products that have been pre-approved to meet the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Standard. CleanGredients is an indispensable purchasing resource for formulators who are seeking suppliers of chemical ingredients that will help them to obtain the Safer Choice label. Using CleanGredients helps formulators reduce risk to their business, save money, and get their products to market faster."
"The car wash -- we sing about it. We fantasize of beautiful people soaping up our vehicles in it (always in the name of charity, of course). It's become as big a facet of our culture as the hamburger or the vote-in reality show. Either by our own hands, by the hands of others, or by the powers of machines, washing our cars is regular wet wonder of a ritual. Yet for as important and socially ingrained as car washes are, all that water and chemical content could actually damage the qualities of our vehicles. They waste gallons of water, often containing environmentally corrosive content -- the byproduct of cleaning materials. And believe it or not, washing your car may not be the most effective way at keeping it shiny.
Few people are alert to the potential hazards that a car wash can pose to their vehicles, let alone the environment. As they accumulate dirt and microscopic debris, a car wash's bristles can morph into high-speed scratching machines, scoring the paint on the car. Improper drying means -- such as sopping up the excess liquid with a beach towel -- can be even more abrasive. Any water not dried up by a towel can actually evaporate into the paint, leaving behind harmful mineral deposits. Only one single unfortunate experience with any of these threats could detriment the look and quality of a car.
Instead of a fixation with washing our cars, there should be an emphasis on thoroughly and regularly cleaning them to stave off dirt, debris, and aesthetic damage. Many may ask, "Aren't cleaning and washing a car the same process?" The answer to that is a surprisingly decisive "no." While washing a car will take off the exterior contaminators, cleaning (much more exhaustive) is what removes the tough, set-in stains, unsightly speckles, and also what are known as "bonded contaminants," such as muck from the road blown onto your car by the tires of cars ahead it during a drive. Washing your car until your hands wrinkle will still not remove these peskier properties that bond deeply with your car's surface.
"Waterless car washes" have gained headway as gentle yet effective means of car cleaning aimed at bonded contaminants, without actually wetting the car. The process uses a cocktail of dirt-stripping compounds, including wetting agents, lubricants, and surface protecting properties, lifting up the debris via emulsification. Waterless car washes obviously save enormous sums of water, but they also slash car cleaning time by an impressive margin: whereas a good car wash can take up to an hour, this cleaning technique can be as short as twenty minutes. Availability seems the only downside; few professional waterless car washes have been established in the country."
Excerpt taken from and can be found in its entirety at hertzcarsales.com:
"Emulsification is the process by which a system comprising of two immiscible liquids (usually oil and water), one of which is dispersed as small droplets within the other, is produced."
Taken from sciencedirect.com
Biodegradability is another important consideration when looking for green detailing supplies. With biodegradation, the product can be broken down into smaller pieces by microorganisms and thus return into nature. The common belief held by manufacturers is that components in their formulation will eventually biodegrade, whether that is in 1 year or 500 years. Unfortunately, when a chemical does not readily biodegrade, its presence in nature begins to accumulate over time. This is referred to as bioaccumulation. As these chemicals pile up in nature, so does their toxicity within the environment and our own bodies. A typical benign chemical can quickly accumulate to toxic levels if it does not break down. Instead, consider products that are defined as “readily biodegradable.” That means that the material can be broken down by at least 60 to 70% within ten days.