Baton Rouge, Louisiana -- Albemarle Corp. claims it has made "an important advance" in flame-retardant technology with a new organic material, to be sold under the Earthwise brand as GreenArmor.
This new FR, due to be commercially available in late 2010, is suitable for use in various plastic resins, Albemarle said, without being more specific about uses or the chemistry of the products.
It will give "better performance across a wide range of applications, while improving the sustainability of the plastic resins used in many consumer products," the company said.
According to Tony Parnell, Albemarle's vice president of polymer solutions, "GreenArmor is a result of multi-year investments in research and development," and represents "fire safety solutions that meet societal needs in an environmentally sound manner."
Albemarle describes flame retardants as "vital tools for reducing the risk of fire death and injury for hundreds of millions of people while saving billions of dollars in property damage around the world."
For Albemarle, green chemistry involves all processes, from design and innovation, minimising the use of raw materials, energy and byproducts or waste, to manufacturing and the final stages of recycling or reuse," said Dave Clary, chief sustainability officer, in the company's 8 Dec announcement.
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