Earthwise product line meets performance & environmental criteria

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LE’s Earthwise™ lubricants are specifically formulated to be earth friendly, while still meeting the rigorous demands of industrial applications, including those with significant water exposure. With these products, you can “go green” – and keep up with the latest environmental regulations – without having to sacrifice performance.

What Is an EAL?

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EALs are environmentally acceptable lubricants that are biodegradable and minimally toxic, and are not bioaccumulative – as defined in Appendix A of the 2013 VGP. Each constituent substance in a lubricant formulation must be tested individually to meet the criteria.

EALs & Biodegradability

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In oil formulations, at least 90 % of the formulation must contain substances that are readily biodegradable. Up to 5% may be non-biodegradable (but not bioaccumulative). The remainder must be inherently biodegradable. In grease formulations, at least 75% of the formulation must contain substances that are readily biodegradable. The remainder may be either inherently biodegradable or non-biodegradable (but not bioaccumulative).

Earthwise™ EAL Wire Rope Grease

Earthwise meets perfromance & environmental criteria

Lubrication Engineers has self-certified its first Earthwise™ offering — its EAL Wire Rope Grease — after ensuring that the formulation met all EAL criteria.

Earthwise EAL Wire Rope Grease (3353) is an NLGI 0 grease recommended for use in applications on or near the waterways. It is an EAL and meets the specifications required by the EPA’s Vessel General Permit (VGP).

It is readily biodegradable, exhibits minimal aquatic toxicity and will not accumulate in the cells of fish and other aquatic life forms. It is a soft, semifluid formulation designed to coat wire rope as well as moving chain and cable parts to ensure long life and smooth, quiet operation. Its semi-tacky, water-resistant characteristics enable it to adhere to the application and seal out damaging moisture and protect against rust formation. Its robust additive package, including LE’s proprietary Almasol® and Quinplex® additives, further helps it protect against wear, corrosion, impact, rust and oxidation.

VGP Compliant

VGP Compliant
  • Well-suited for applications in or around waterways
  • Formulated with 100% biodegradable base fluid
  • Meets VGP standard for aquatic toxicity
  • Meets VGP standard for bioaccumulation
  • Helps companies be good environmental stewards

Semi-Tacky & Water Resistant

  • Clings to metal surfaces, including moving parts
  • Stays in place in presence of moisture for long service life


  • Reduces wear to wire ropes and all moving parts, including chains and cables
  • Protects sprockets, sheaves & other wear-intensive areas
  • Seals surfaces, protecting against rust and corrosion
  • Shields against acid attack


  • Softens shocks
  • Enables metal joints and strands to move freely

Available Grade

  • NLGI 0

At LE, we are hard at work limiting the environmental impact for industrial customers. Our multifaceted approach can help a company achieve its green sustainability initiatives. For more information about LE’s environmentally acceptable lubricants, please contact us today.

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