Epoxy alternatives

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Epoxy is too often spec’d as a catch-all coating despite the availability of less toxic and more cost effective solutions. BPA —a chemical component that often appeared in disposable water bottles—has been found in epoxy resins used in a wide range of building materials.  These include paints, sealants, adhesives and fillers, which may put manufacturing workers, installers, and building occupants at risk.


We should take BPA seriously, as it can play a role in several endocrine disorders including female and male infertility, precocious puberty, hormone dependent tumors such as breast and prostate cancer, and several metabolic disorders.1


Epoxy resins are often listed on a material safety data sheet as a proprietary mixture, without disclosure that the resin is made from BPA. While manufacturers claim that the BPA in epoxy resins is consumed entirely in the production process and does not show up in the final products, scientists have found that epoxy resin products can be metabolized in the human body back into BPA and may impact the endocrine and reproductive system of those exposed. 1


When choosing adhesives or flooring coatings, please consider the following: 2


  • Avoid coatings if possible.  Spec densified concrete where durability is needed.  Choose Liquid Linoleum as another alternative.
  • Choose acrylic liquid adhesives when choosing between acrylic, epoxy, or polyurethane.  It is free of the most serious chemicals of concern found in epoxy and polyurethane products.
  • Prioritize products with disclosure. Manufacturers typically do not fully disclose the chemicals used in their adhesives, so all things being equal, prefer adhesives with a Health Product Declaration, a Declare label or other transparency document.