Gear Hugger's formula is non-toxic, plant-based, and free of PTFEs and petroleum so it is safe for general use in your home and on your gear, small electronics, parts and mechanics. Do not ingest Gear Hugger or use it on your skin.
You can use Gear Hugger on all metals like aluminum, copper, brass and steel. It can be used on high density rubber and plastic, and most man-made surfaces such as linoleum, MDF and countertops. Gear Hugger can be used to polish most wooden surfaces - just try a test spot first!
PTFE, or Polytetrafluoroethylene, is a synthetic polymer that is often used as a lubricant due to its hydrophobic and low-friction properties. PTFE is toxic because it contains a carcinogenic substance called PFOA. PTFE-coated surfaces can emit chemical byproducts when heated, which are especially dangerous to birds and can lead to PTFE toxicosis.
Petroleum is a crude oil and a fossil fuel. It occurs naturally in geologic layers and can be refined into oil and fuel. Petroleum combustion releases polluting gases and high amounts of CO2, a dangerous greenhouse gas that contributes heavily to global warming. Petroleum is a non-renewable source of energy, so we will eventually run out.
Vegetable oil is an excellent lubricant, since it has a naturally occuring lubrication film. The molecules slide against each other easily, reducing the friction between surfaces. It also acts as a vehicle to easily mix other ingredients, is packed with antioxidants, and has good stability properties. Go plants!
Bio-based means that a product is derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine and forestry materials. The USDA evaluated and certified that 96% of the Gear Hugger formula ingredients are renewable and from plants, vs. non-renewable like most petroleum-based products. Plants are the primary biobased resource that we use to make Gear Hugger.
We accept all major payment methods including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, Discover, Elo, and Diners Club debit and credit cards. We also accept Paypal and Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook Pay.
Shipping charges for your order will be calculated and displayed at checkout. For the Continental United States we offer free shipping for orders over $35 and $10 flat rate shipping for all other orders.
We will notify you within 48 business hours of your request if it was approved or not. If approved, you’ll be automatically refunded on your original payment method. Please remember it can take some time for your bank or credit card company to process and post the refund too.
We are working towards being as sustainable as possible. We source renewable, plant-based resources for our formula instead of petroleum-based ingredients. The Gear Hugger can is recyclable and we use minimal plastics and virgin materials.
Gear Hugger is much kinder to the environment than traditional petroleum-based lubricants. When you use lubricant on your gear, some of it ends up on the ground. If your lube is petroleum based, PTFEs and harmful chemicals will seep into the ground water and can cause harm to plants, animals and the environment. See more about PTFE and Petroleum above.
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