Sales of biodegradable liquids rise amid ban fears

Fears of a Government clampdown on the use of oil-based liquids such as lubricants have led to a big jump in sales of their biodegradable alternatives, a specialist has said.

Morris Lubricants explained that the rise in sales was strongest where the risks of soil or water contamination were high.

The Shrewsbury firm said sales of its new Terralus range of products had doubled. The range includes hydraulic and transmission oils, lubricants and cleaning fluids.

Morris Lubricants product and marketing manager Adrian Hill said interest in the environment was on the up among its customers. "They worry that unless they take action now the Government might put legal restrictions on the use of lubricants and engine oils," he added.

"It's clear that legislation is going to get tougher. The use of biodegradable products could well be a legal requirement in the future."

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