Trick Shot

overall rating:

1

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George Vincent
3/18/2022
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This product serves as an ‘environmentally friendly’ alternative to the famous WD40 lubricating agent. Most mechanical lubricants are petroleum based and contain harmful chemicals. Trick Shot claims to be a ‘green’ product that can carry out the functions of traditional lubricants to a high standard. Lubricating agents are essential to a wide variety of fields and are needed to keep (particularly metal) equipment functional. Although information was limited (it’s a small company), as far as I can see this is the most viable ‘environmentally friendly’ product on the market. Having said that, it might be a stretch for the company to call themselves ‘environmentally friendly’, ‘green’ and ‘eco’. To improve, the brand needs to provide transparent information about their manufacturing process, including all aspects of the supply chain. They also hinder their green image via their association with NASCAR. Whilst the brand may not be perfect, the product is better than the alternatives.

What it's made of:

2.5

Finding the information about what the product is made from required searching for their safety data sheet online. This information was not clearly on their website, which doesn’t help when it comes to environmental transparency (but that might be a bit nit-picky). I found that it contains two main ingredients - soybean oil (the lubricant) and nitrogen (the propellant). This is a good start, as most other lubricants contain multiple harmful chemicals and a hydrocarbon-based oil. Soybeans are incredibly versatile and easy to grow, but the industry is somewhat synonymous with environmental harm (see next section). The company claims that it is 100% biodegradable, non-flammable and non-toxic. This gives them a massive advantage over their competitors. Although other biodegradable products exist, none are non-flammable, making Trick Shot safer to use. Being biodegradable and non-toxic is particularly helpful when used on outdoor gear, especially for water-based objects like boats or fishing gear. The leaching of toxic, non-degradable chemicals is one of the biggest threats to both freshwater and marine aquatic ecosystems. The product is classified as hazardous due to being under pressure, but the liquid contents itself is not a hazardous chemical under the OSHA standards definition (a US regulatory body). According to the data sheet, the mixture looks fairly innocuous. I’m not sure what the can is made of, but if it is industry standard then it will be a tin-coated steel can. Empty aerosol cans can be recycled, but data suggests that they most often are not and up to 95% end up in landfill.

How it's made:

0

Very little information on the production process, but it appears to be a US manufactured product. Let’s focus on the production of its main ingredient - soybean oil. Thanks to its versatility, soy is seeing a global surge in demand and 80% of the world’s soybean is produced in the Americas (US, Brazil and Argentina). Soybean production, particularly in Brazil, is having a detrimental impact on the environment, driving both deforestation and soil degradation. It is a mass produced product, meaning it involves the heavy use of fertilisers (and other chemicals) and has little scope for tailored agricultural conservation techniques. If the soy used in this product is sourced from the US, this is likely to have a lesser environmental impact - both in terms of a lessened risk of deforestation and less emissions associated with the transportation of raw material. We have to assume emissions associated with factory production, including sourcing metal materials for the can. Due to the sheer lack of information, I can’t give a rating for their production process. They would benefit from increased transparency here.

Who makes it:

0.5

Trick Shot is a brand owned by the US registered bio-chemical company STAAR Lubricants llc. The small company was founded in 2012 and is based in Pennsylvania. Being a US registered company, they are obliged to abide by strict regulation surrounding the chemical industry and are subject to employment laws. Their chemical data must be logged on the Federal Register. They claim to be striving to create green and sustainable alternatives to industry standard harmful chemicals. However, whilst they promote their green message, their brand ethos does not exactly shout sustainability. The company is heavily affiliated with the motorsports industry. They sponsor a NASCAR racing team and are associated with motorsport brands such as K&N. Clearly NASCAR is not a picture of sustainability. NASCAR cars average less than 5mpg. In fact, the CO2 footprint from the burnt fuel from races alone is just under 2 million kg a year, and after just one race you could power the equivalent of three houses for an entire year. Generally speaking any motorsport is inherently bad for the environment, but NASCAR is the worst of the bunch.

Sources:

https://itdoesthetrick.com/why-trickshot/

https://itdoesthetrick.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SDS-STAAR-Lubricants-Trick-Shot-Aerosol.pdf

https://www.greenlivingtips.com/eco-news/greener-wd-40.html

https://www.worldwildlife.org/industries/soy

https://wd40company.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/WDFC_2020_ESG_Report.pdf

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/nascar-environment2.htm