Alternatives: flame retardants - decaBDE

Alternative chemicals
The Supply Chain Materials Data Management Blog is reporting on a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) update regarding alternative chemicals to flame retardants. Specifically, alternative chemicals to decaBDE. The new EPA report profiles the environmental and human health hazards on 30 possible alternatives.  Just a draft, but here's what they are talking about, and where the money's at (so far):

1. Polyolefins
     Polypropylene (PP)
     Polyethylene (PE)
     Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA)
2. Styrenics
     High-impact polystyrene (HIPS)
     Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
3. Engineering thermoplastics
          Polyesters such as:
          Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)
     Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
     Polyamides (PA), e.g., nylon
     Polycarbonate (PC) and polycarbonate blends, e.g., polycarbonate-acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (PC-ABS)
     Polyphenylene ether – high-impact polystyrene (PPE-HIPS)
4. Thermosets
     Unsaturated polyesters (UPE)
     Epoxies (electronics, building and aerospace applications)
     Melamine-based resins
5. Elastomers
     Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber
     Thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs)
6. Waterborne emulsions and coatings – including but not limited to those designed for textile back coatings such as:
     Acrylic emulsions
     Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) emulsions
     Ethylene vinyl chloride emulsions
     Urethane emulsions

Kathleen Hurley