By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) – Beds are among the dirtiest objects in people’s houses, reports Business Insider—a fact made more uncomfortable when it’s realized that people spend about a third of their lives sleeping in them. This means folks are rolling around in—and inhaling—an amalgamation of nasty substances. Dust—which can induce allergies and asthma—is just the start. Here are eight other substances that are potentially hiding in that mattress:
“Among the many substances found in bedding, certain halogenated chemicals may pose a danger to those in the household,” says Dirk van Hyning, CEO of Alexium International, a specialty chemicals manufacturer. “Fortunately, advances in chemistry hold the promise of future bedding products that promote fire protection without the attendant risk.”
Alexium develops next-generation flame retardants that balance fire protection with ecological safety. Its processes and products are intentionally designed to meet exacting requirements for safety and environmental sustainability, often exceeding industry standards. While its products feature an environmentally friendly mix of chemicals, they remain lightweight and durable. For example, one of its products, Alexiflam NF, is a reactive, halogen-free, phosphorus-based product that can stand up to 50+ washes and is specifically designed for cotton and cotton blends often found in products such as workwear, apparel and upholstery.
By having multiple platforms of ecofriendly polymeric flame retardant materials, Alexium can tailor a chemical formulation to meet almost any set of performance criteria and deliver a ready-to-use product to a customer’s door.
“As someone turns in to bed at night, harmful chemistry should be the last thing on their minds,” van Hyning adds. “We are working toward making this possible for a wide range of consumers.”