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Flame Retardant Coatings To Hit Over A Billion Dollars A With “Growing Opportunities” For Green Formulas, Castagra CEO


Phoenix, Arizona – The burgeoning flame retardant coatings industry is benefiting from the move into safer formulas as awareness grows of just how potentially harmful previous chemicals can be, says Castagra Products, Inc., CEO, Peter Roosen.

“The flame retardant coatings industry is now worth around a billion dollars a year within the overall $12 billion a year flame retardant chemicals industry where much of the chemicals end up in textiles, plastics and furniture foams.

“Our Ecodur is non-toxic and made from vegetable oil and a naturally occurring mineral gypsum. Its standout feature is that when exposed to heat and flame, it emits water vapor and chars, helping to dramatically reduce the ability of direct flame to affect the substrate.”

Ecodur has a flame spread classification of 1 or A with a flame spread value of 15 when applied to wood decking, where combustible materials such as red oak are rated at 100.
Roosen said the prior history of flame retardant chemicals has been somewhat like the infamous insecticide DDT where it was several decades before the harmful effects were detected and it was generally banned.

In California, the flame retardant TDCIPP has been detected in 1-to-5-year olds were on average 15 times higher than those in their mothers. The California mothers and children also had higher levels of a metabolite of a second flame retardant, ip-PDPP, a suspected endocrine disruptor, than those in a New Jersey study.

Additionally, organophosphate flame retardant chemicals (i.e. TDCIPP) are found in higher concentrations in the air and dust particles in these homes than PBDEs, a class of flame retardants that was phased out due to its potential toxicity.

Heather M. Stapleton, associate professor at Duke University and co-author of the study is quoted as saying, “Moving from PBDEs to organophosphate flame retardants may not have reduced the health risks to children.”

There is growing evidence that organophosphate ester flame retardants (OPEs) might have many of the same properties that led to the phase-out of their predecessors, brominated flame retardants.
Earlier this year, OPE flame retardant replacements had been found in Arctic Ocean sediments. There is very limited data on the human health effects of OPEs, but a number of countries have listed them as cancer-causing agents, and in-vitro and animal data suggests that the compounds may be endocrine disrupters.

“Safety is paramount. Our coating chemistry is very basic with simple, natural ingredients. Ecodur does not emit Volatile Organic Compounds, does not contain BPA, and does not have solvents in its content, or use during application or clean-up. In the case of wood, it actually binds at the molecular level and it can also be foamed and used as an insulation.

“The awareness of the risks associated with VOCs and solvents has driven the market hard in recent years. As the general awareness rises about the leading chemical suspects in the flame retardant industry, we see growing opportunities for green formulas and especially Ecodur where one of the two main ingredients is renewable and the other is recyclable,” concluded Roosen.

Castagra Products Inc., which has its corporate headquarters in Reno, Nevada, has its main toll production facility in Houston in Texas. It is focussed on providing ultra-protective VOC-free, BPA-free, non-toxic coatings for flooring, roofing, water and waste water industries and oil, gas, frac production water storage tanks and pipes.