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Scientists Develop Nontoxic Flame-Resistant Fabric From Renewable Ingredients

Posted By Mark Boyer On November 13, 2011 @ 2:46 pm In Design,Eco Textiles,Innovation,News,Wearable Technology | No Comments

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Scientists from Texas A&M University [2] have developed a new nontoxic fire-resistant fabric [3] that could revolutionize clothing and fabric technology. The fabric is composed of renewable ingredients like clay and chitosan [4], a natural compound extracted from shrimp and lobster shells. When heat is applied to the material, a coating bubbles out, producing a protective layer of foam that prevents the fabric from igniting. According to Jaime C. Grunlan, an associate professor at Texas A&M [2], the polymer treatment could find applications in children’s pajamas [5], terry-cloth bathrobes, and car seats [6].


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/scientists-develop-nontoxic-flame-resistant-fabric-from-renewable-ingredients/fire/

[2] Texas A&M University: http://www.tamu.edu/

[3] fire-resistant fabric: http://engineering.tamu.edu/magazine/2010/flame-resistant-materials-for-protection/

[4] chitosan: http://www.ecouterre.com/tencel-c-a-shellfish-derived-fiber-with-skin-renewing-properties/

[5] children’s pajamas: http://www.inhabitots.com/organic-superhero-pajamas-make-it-halloween-every-night-of-the-year/

[6] car seats: http://www.inhabitots.com/new-car-seat-recommendations-keep-kids-rear-facing-until-age-2/

[7] READ MORE >: http://www.ecouterre.com/texas-scientists-develop-nontoxic-flame-resistant-clothing-using-water-based-polymers/

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