A novel halogen-free flame retardant powder additive for textile coating applications has achieved Oeko-Tex 100 compliance in a move that offers a new sustainable option for flame-proof products.

Archroma’s Pekoflam HFC, which was launched in November, can help support efforts by textile producers and protective clothing manufacturers to achieve both Oeko-Tex 100 compliance and effective fire protection for their finished goods. Possible applications include military and protective wear.

Pekoflam HFC is an organic phosphorous/nitrogen compound that can be used on synthetic materials, including polyamide fibres and blends. It is said to have a “unique” chemistry that displays higher efficiency compared to commonly used nitrogen and/or phosphorous based chemicals.

It is also applicable in water-based systems as well as in Oeko-Tex Standard 100 compliant ‘green’ solvent based coating systems, offering a higher flexibility to fabric coaters serving different end-use segments. The ecological profile enables use in both indirect and direct skin contact applications.

“The primary advantage of Pekoflam HFC is its ability to combine the effects and properties of selected halogenated and non-halogenated technologies in a fire protection solution for various coating polymers,” explains Michael Schuhmann, global segment manager flame retardants, textile specialties business, Archroma.

“Pekoflam HFC thus offers a sustainable long-term alternative for synthetic textile applications, meeting the criteria of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and responding to the general trend towards more environmentally-compatible materials and end-products that pose significantly lower risks to health.”

Oeko-Tex criteria provide manufacturers in the textile and clothing industry with a uniform benchmark on a scientific basis for the evaluation of potentially harmful substances in textiles.

The Oeko-Tex label indicates the additional benefits of tested safety for skin-friendly clothing and other textiles to interested end users. The test label therefore provides an important decision-making tool for purchasing textiles.