Flammable Fabric Warning – Check Your Fabrics
Enviro Textiles sent a Press Release on August 6, 2013 about flammable fabrics imported into the US due to false labeling. Is this flammable fabric in your closet? This is the Press Release from Enviro Textiles on August 6th, 2013:
The textile industry must embrace natural fibers to eliminate toxic products
A dangerous flammable fabric is being imported into the US that fails to meet basic fire standards. Testing a fabric sample with the “disposable lighter test,” a very simple test where you put a lighter’s flame to the fabric shows that this fabric fails miserably. The mystery fabric ignites like a sparkler, dripping molten chemicals that burn into the surface of anything that they drip on.
The fabric is labeled as 100% polyester, although silver-nano particles can be seen with the naked eye. Silver particles generally provide anti-microbial properties. Oddly, our test fabric was marketed as “stain resistant” instead of “anti-microbial.”
Relating to the fire testing on the label, Barbara Filippone of EnviroTextiles stated, “These are some of the strictest fire rating tests in the hospitality and commercial application industries. They provide the customer assurance that this fabric is not flammable. I have 40 years of experience in textiles, and this is a completely false label as shown. When I held a lighter to the sample it ignited like a 4th of July sparkler, dripping molten chemical substance. Normal polyester when held to a lighter will roll back on itself and when cooled the polyester becomes quite hard like a plastic.”
The fabric’s label indicates that the following tests were performed, with commentary by Barbara Filippone:
- NFPA 701 small scale 2004
- UFAC Class 1
- NFPA 260
- Cal Tech Bulletin 117 SEC.E
You can view the rest of the August 6, 2013 Press Release about flammable fabric imports on Enviro Textiles news blog.
Posted on August 28, 2013 by Enviro Textiles is a great video about flammable fabric that is imported into the US.
Thanks Enviro Textiles for supporting fabric for our future.