CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — January 26, 2022 — Piana Technology, the 439-year-old textile company known for innovations within the fiber and nonwovens textiles markets, kicks off 2022 by receiving UL formaldehyde-free certification for their flame retardant (FR)-treated fibers. UL’s environmental claim validation (ECV) program validates claims that a product does not contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde precursors. The certification comes after the company’s announcement of E/SMART™, its high-performance nonwoven fiber technology named a CES® 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree.
Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that quickly off-gasses but very slowly breaks down in the environment, and typically enters the body through inhalation. Bioaccumulation of this compound has been linked to serious health issues such as cancer and hormone disruption. The EPA states that every American is exposed to at least small amounts of formaldehyde off-gassed from household products.
Such risks have inspired demands to remove formaldehyde from fire retardants in consumer products, specifically in the textile industry. Piana Technology’s patented FR chemistry is a solution to this problem, as it have never contained formaldehyde. To verify this, Piana Technology partnered with UL to audit their processes and raw material inputs, testing chemical residue from their FR treated fibers at their Tintoria Piana facility in Cartersville, Ga. The findings showed that no formaldehyde or formaldehyde precursors were present.
“We are always working to improve our technologies in meaningful ways. This achievement exemplifies not only our commitment to creating safe products for everyday use, but also the deep importance we place on transparency,” said a sustainability spokesperson at Piana Technology.
Posted: January 31, 2022
Source: Piana Technology