Resources: Bulletins

Firemaster

Bulletins

One of the most studied of the new FRs is Firemaster 550—a bromine and phosphorous-based compound. Firemaster 550 highlights include:  Used in polyurethane foam products, including…
11 16, 2014
New & Emerging BFRs–Where are the tox data?

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But what are manufacturers offering instead of decaBDE and HBCD, also on the phase out pathway due to its restriction by the Stockholm Convention on…
11 16, 2014
BFRs in Electronics & Electrical Devices

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Electronics and electrical devices account for 50% of global brominated flame retardant (BFR) consumption. The dominant end uses of BFRs in electronics are in cabinets,…
10 30, 2014
Alternatives: Are FRs Necessary?

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A critical approach to chemicals in products in general and plastics in particular is to ask: Is it necessary? For example, is a flame retardant…
10 23, 2014
Whack-a-chemical

Bulletins

Government policies drive, somewhat ironically, both the use and restriction of FRs. International, regional, national, state, and local fire safety regulations and flammability standards drive…
10 16, 2014
Facts on Flame Retardants

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Global consumption in 2012: 3.9 billion pounds (lbs). With consumption expected to increase to 5.2 billion lbs by 2018 for a compound annual growth rate…
10 09, 2014
Health Effects of Flame Retardants (FRs)

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FRs and their adverse health effects are a seemingly ubiquitous topic in scientific journals. Today we provide a snapshot in the table below of the…
10 09, 2014
Chemical Manufacturers Increase Production of Non-Phthalate Plasticizers

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Reflecting market movement away from phthalates, both BASF (DINCH plasticizer) and Eastman Chemical (DEHT plasticizer) are increasing their production of alternative plasticizers that score better…
10 02, 2014
Strategies for Identifying Safer Alternatives to Plasticizers

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The solution to hazardous plasticizers like DEHP is not necessarily another plasticizer. The figure to the left from the Plastics Scorecard identifies five solutions to…
10 02, 2014
Solutions to Hazardous Plasticizers

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The dominant movement in the marketplace is to alternative plasticizers to DEHP and other phthalates. Yet this is the less preferred solution to avoiding PVC…
10 01, 2014
Recent Studies—Health Effects of Phthalates

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) on Phthalates released its final report in July. Its literature review suggests that prenatal…
09 25, 2014
Databases on chemicals legislation

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09 21, 2014
Chemical disclosure policies

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It’s now the law in: Vermont: Act No. 188 (S 239) requires manufacturers of children’s products to notify the State if the product contains a…
09 18, 2014
Flame retardant & PBT (persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic) restrictions continue to prosper

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It’s now the law in: Maryland: HB 229 bans children’s products containing the flame retardants TDCPP (tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate) and TCEP (tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate). New York: AB 4741 /…
09 18, 2014
California to ban plastic bags

9/5/14 California Legislative Information Bulletins

Coming soon: California: SB 270 would make the State the first to enact a statewide ban on plastic bags. The bill passed the Assembly &…
09 18, 2014
Assessing progress in greening electronics

9/3/14 Greenpeace Bulletins

According to the latest Greenpeace report, brands are making progress in reducing polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in products. Apple is…
09 11, 2014
Health care wants furniture without unneeded flame retardants

9/10/14 Health Care Without Harm Bulletins

Brominated and other flame retardants are losing the health care market. Four health care providers -- Advocate Health Care, Beaumont Health System, Hackensack University Medical…
09 11, 2014
Target and Walmart cleaning up the supply chain?

9/8/14 Dara O'Rourke GreenBiz Bulletins

The two US retail giants joined together with their supply chain last week in Chicago at the “Beauty and Personal Care Products Sustainability Summit.” At…
09 11, 2014
Is edible packaging sustainable?

2014 WikiPearl Bulletins

Some novel innovations aimed at reducing waste have been garnering attention this summer, including one pioneered by the company WikiFoods, Inc. The company describes its…
09 04, 2014
Washington State initiates action on PCBs as concern grows about contamination in pigments and dyes

Washington Department of Ecology Bulletins

While the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) banned new production and most uses of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), it allowed some historical uses to continue…
09 04, 2014