Flame Retardants: Why Are They So Important?

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(DGIwire) – Flame retardants (FRs) are a key component in reducing the devastating impact of fires on people, property and the environment. A variety of different chemicals, with different properties and structures, act as FRs and are often combined for effectiveness. But what exactly do FRs do that makes them so important? According to the […]

Saying Hello to Safer Flame Retardants Inside the Home

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(DGIwire) – What chemicals are present within the dust inside people’s houses? A recent study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology—and subsequently reported on by CNN in September 2016—shared some important news. As CNN noted, researchers from George Washington University determined that 45 toxic chemicals are commonly found in house dust, with 10 […]

Intense Debate Over Chemicals in Tents

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(DGIwire) – A night spent camping in a tent under a starry sky: what better way to commune with Mother Nature? Ironically, however, some have raised red flags about whether this activity is as healthy as it sounds—due to the presence of certain types of chemicals in the tent fabric. According to a recent article […]

Flame Retardants and Thyroid Disease: Is There a Link?

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(DGiwire) – In recent years, evidence has been growing for specific links between toxic chemicals used as flame retardants (FR) and human health. A recent study published in the journal Environmental Health added to this evidence by concluding that women with high levels of common FRs in their blood may have an elevated risk for […]

A New Law for Chemical Safety

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(DGIwire) – Since the mid-1970s, America’s main law governing chemical safety was the Toxic Substances Control Act. Many critics alleged it was fatally flawed, allowing tens of thousands of potentially dangerous chemicals to remain on the market without any safety review—and permitting companies to put hundreds of new chemicals on the market every year without […]

Flame-Retardant Materials: The Debate Heats Up

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(DGIwire) – Manufacturers across a wide range of sectors—including upholstery, transportation, workwear and bedding—have long complied with standards set by the National Fire Protection Association in order to offer flame-retardant (FR) products to their customers. But certain types of FR chemicals have been found to pose health and environmental hazards. As a number of recent […]

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