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‘Environmentally friendly’ flame retardant could degrade into less safe compounds

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To reduce the risk of fire, many everyday products — from building materials to furniture to clothing — contain flame retardants. In recent years, some of these compounds were shown to have harmful effects on the environment, causing them to be replaced by more eco-friendly alternatives. However, a new study indicates that heat or ultraviolet light could break down a ‘safe’ flame retardant into potentially harmful compounds.

Source: sciencedaily.com

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