The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) brings together over 100 companies and organisations working on sustainable chemistry across sectors and supply chains. The GC3 webinar of 2nd March 2017 discussed “Greener Flame Retardants”, targeting retailers and product end users.
The webinar underlined that halogenated flame retardants pose environmental concerns, leading to regulatory restrictions and discussed the supply chain challenges of moving to PIN FRs. Different types of PIN flame retardant were presented, showing the range of chemistries and solutions available. A cross-industry trend to non-halogenated and to polymeric flame retardants was emphasised. Liz Harriman, Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) noted the importance of avoiding “regrettable substitutions” and so the need to carefully assess alternative FRs. Webinar highlighted companies were FRX Polymers, who offer phosphorus-based polymeric flame retardants achieving Green Screen Bench Mark 3 (“use but still opportunity for improvement”) and Paxymer, who offer low smoke – no soot PIN FRs and synergists.
Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) webinar “Greener Flame Retardants”. 2nd March 2017 – access slides and watch online at http://greenchemistryandcommerce.org/startup-network under webinars