We Are Grateful!

The Teknipure team is always grateful for our loyal partnerships and new introductions, and at this time of the year, especially in wrapping up crazy 2020, we would like to share a special “Thank you!” to everyone we work with!

In the most overwhelming, uncontrollable, and unprecedented of times, we simply cannot express enough gratitude to all who stood by us. No one could have predicted what this year would bring, and through it all, it has become even more apparent that we have the best customers and the best team! Our crew has worked extremely hard to support the record increased demands and find the best possible resolutions to meet them in a timely manner. We are beyond pleased with their abilities to cohesively work together to generate rapid responses and provide products that are absolutely necessary.

We are grateful to be part of an industry that includes such essential businesses, bringing everyone together. The support of our customers goes beyond anything we could have ever imagined, and the team efforts to maintain and answer the level of inquiries and orders are immeasurable. We could not be happier with the shared successes and challenges we have overcome and will continue to work through.

Lastly, we are most thankful for the opportunity to build relationships internally and externally. Teknipure is a hands-on company, so the transitions during this year and the distance from in-person interaction has uprooted the “norm” for us. However, we have adopted and adapted (especially technically) to be able to continue those interactions as best we can in a safe manner – much like all of you.

Thank you for all your cooperation and patience in these challenging times, and please know that our gratitude stretches far beyond that. Your overall support, both historically and as we move together into the future, is greatly appreciated and does not go unnoticed – it never has, and it never will! Cheers to partnerships, our incredible team, and the upcoming Holiday Season!

Types of Alcohol (Part 3): Other Alcohols in Daily Life

To conclude our series on the common types of alcohol, we’re delving into where they are hiding – in plain sight – and most of us don’t even know they are alcohols. Previously, our first segment focused on isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol, or IPA), and then we moved on to methanol and ethanol. We’d venture a safe bet that in 2020, your household has seen more IPA than any other year, and maybe even ethanol too. And whatever the year, without antifreeze containing methanol, your car would either overheat or be too cold to run.

Other Alcohols in Daily Life

Several alcohols are used to flavor our foods and beverages. Butanol can be added to butter, rum, ice cream, candy, baked goods, and more.

Your old CDs and DVDs might have been coated with pentanol, which was also found to reduce particulate emissions but increase gaseous emissions when mixed with diesel fuel. It looks like that study from 2014 might’ve done more harm than good, but it could be argued that at least now it is known that pentanol is a no-go for reducing greenhouse gases.

At room temperature, cetyl alcohol is either a white solid or flakes with a waxy characteristic. In 1817, a French chemist discovered it, and today one of its more common uses is in cosmetics – shampoos to make them opaque; and moisturizing lotions and creams to thicken them, make sure the ingredients don’t separate, or even as another agent to provide moisture. Eczema sufferers may run into issues with products containing cetyl alcohol, and curiously, some treatments for eczema contain it and actually seem to help the condition.

Glycerin, or glycerol, has a great many uses, and is available to buy separately for DIYers who enjoy making their own face and body products, but it is also included in pre-made, retail offerings to provide lubrication, lock moisture into the skin, and increase smoothness. Haircare products and styling gel, cough syrups, toothcare items, soaps, shaving creams, and water-based personal lubricants all contain glycerol. Its microbial and antiviral nature have allowed it to be FDA-approved for various burn and wound treatments. Going through our bathroom cabinets and storage closets at home would certainly reveal a lot of glycerin in the house!

The film industry even uses glycerin for several different tasks. For scenes involving tears or water which aren’t occurring naturally during the time of filming, glycerin can save the shot. A few drops in the corners of the eyes and a strategic head bob or bend of the neck, and tears flow out as if the actor or actress made them with their own eyes. Unless we have behind-the-scenes info, or were there during filming, we’d never known if the rain we see on the screen is from clouds or machines – well, unless the person in the director’s chair, director of photography, or editor really didn’t do their job well, and showed things that ruin the magic.

Scenes with actors either in puddles of water, being rained on, or other falling water, as seen countless times in movies, are quite memorable. The symbolism of rain and water can be debated when watching John Wick 3, Blade Runner (the classic from 1982), The Notebook, Total Recall (pick your favorite), and Cast Away, just to name very few in an extremely long list.

Ethylene glycol is used in antifreeze, and if not properly stored, can be extremely dangerous around kids and pets, due to the sweet taste it has. Yearly, the US sees several deaths from ingestion, in people and animals alike. Perhaps you would smell it, and a disturbing, repressed memory of frog or fetal pig dissection when you were a teenage biology student springs forth, as another use for it is to preserve these specimens as a safer alternative to formaldehyde.

A more recent application of propylene glycol (PG) is in e-cigarette liquids and cartridges for vaporizing vitamins, medications, cannabis, CBD, and more. In an e-cig, the PG is aerosolized and looks similar to smoke when exhaled. Along with vegetable glycerin (VG), it is also a carrier and suspension agent for nicotine and cannabinoids in these liquids. You might also find PG in your artificial tears eye drops, prepared coffee drinks, hand sanitizers (as a humectant), antifreeze, and medications (to suspend active ingredients in either liquid or pills).

In addition to the alcohols we covered in Part 1 (isopropanol) and Part 2 (methanol and ethanol), some other alcohols you may have in your house probably sound familiar from TV commercials or scanning the checkout lane candy stand for gum. Do the commonly used sweetening agents Erythritol, Xylitol, Sorbitol, or Mannitol ring a bell? Xylitol can be found in some peanut butters, and made the news recently for being a no-no to give your dog (just check the ingredients labels to find a safe brand, because not all PBs have this sweetener).

There are many other alcohols that you have around you, and in your own body (and not just from after dinner or happy hour drinks). We’ve just scratched the surface of the most common ones seen (or used) in everyday life.

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