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 […]

A New Era for Flame-Retardant Apparel

(DGIwire) – From the mid-1970s until recently, America’s main law governing chemical safety was the Toxic Substances Control Act—criticized by many as fatally flawed, as it allowed tens of thousands of potentially dangerous chemicals to remain on the market. This changed on June 22, 2016, when the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st […]

Flame Retardants: Why Are They So Important?

(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 […]

Environmentally Conscious Flame Retardants: What’s New?

(DGIwire) – Flame retardants (FRs) are a critical safety component, particularly in the textile industry, because they can help protect bedding, decorative fabrics, automotive fabrics and outdoor fabrics, as well as military and workwear. However, the quest has been on for a newer and more environmentally conscious set of chemicals. According to the Environmental Protection […]

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 […]

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