What’s Lurking in That Mattress?

(DGIwire) – Beds are among the dirtiest objects in people’s houses, reports Business Insider—a fact made more uncomfortable when it’s realized that people spend about a third of their lives sleeping in them. This means folks are rolling around in—and inhaling—an amalgamation of nasty substances. Dust—which can induce allergies and asthma—is just the start. Here […]

Felines and Brominated Flame Retardants: An Unhappy Pairing

(DGIwire) – What could be safer than the life of an indoor cat? Unfortunately, it might not be as safe as its owners might hope. A recent study by Stockholm researchers, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found that indoor felines have high levels of brominated flame retardants in their bloodstream. This finding […]

Keeping Soldiers Safe: One CEO’s Quest

(DGIwire) – Nicholas Clark is CEO and Director of Alexium International, a specialty chemicals manufacturer. But his sense of obligation extends far beyond his company—it encompasses U.S. military forces as well. In a recent profile of Clark on SmartCEO.com, he detailed how he came to be concerned for the welfare of American military personnel. Clark […]

So Hot Right Now: Flame-Resistant Fashion in the Military

(DGIwire) – The armed forces as a hotbed of fashion? The notion might strike some as unlikely, but in a way it is true—at least where flame-retardant (FR) uniforms are concerned. That’s one revelation contained in a new book—Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach—that was recently spotlighted in the New […]

Fire-Retardant Military Uniforms: Aiming to Keep Soldiers Safe

(DGIwire) – Soldiers face an extraordinary array of dangers. One particular risk involves their military uniforms: just how safe are they when coming in contact with fire? Technological advances have made it feasible to incorporate an array of flame-retardant chemistries into uniforms, enhancing the protection of armed forces in the field. According to a U.S. […]

Saying Hello to Safer Flame Retardants Inside the Home

(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

(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?

(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

(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 […]

A TENDR Approach to Reducing Kids’ Exposure to Toxic Flame Retardants

(DGIwire) – Every day, people are exposed to a variety of chemicals found in common household items. According to The New York Times, a growing body of research suggests many of these chemicals—including those used to make upholstery and other items less flammable—may pose a threat to the developing brain. Now a unique coalition of […]

Flame-Retardant Materials: The Debate Heats Up

(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 […]