Piana Technology Gets Formaldehyde-Free Claim Validation
Piana Technology, the 439-year-old innovative textile company within the fibre and nonwovens textiles markets, received UL formaldehyde-free certification for their flame retardant (FR)-treated fibres
Piana Technology, the 439-year-old innovative textile company within the fibre and nonwovens textiles markets, received UL formaldehyde-free certification for their flame retardant (FR)-treated fibres.
UL’s environmental claim validation (ECV) program validates claims that a product does not contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde precursors. The certification comes after their announcement of E/SMART, their high-performance nonwoven fibre technology named a CES 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree.
Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that quickly off-gasses but very slowly breaks down in the environment, and typically enters the body through inhalation. Bioaccumulation of this compound has been linked to serious health issues such as cancer and hormone disruption. The EPA states that every American is exposed to at least small amounts of formaldehyde off-gassed from household products.
Such risks have inspired demands to remove formaldehyde from fire retardants in consumer products, specifically in the textile industry. Piana Technology’s patented FR chemistry is a solution to this problem, as it has never contained formaldehyde. To verify this, Piana Technology partnered with UL to audit their processes and raw material inputs, testing chemical residue from their FR treated fibres at their Tintoria Piana facility in Cartersville, GA. The findings showed that no formaldehyde or formaldehyde precursors were present.
The Piana family’s roots began in the textile business in 1582 in Biella, Italy before evolving to develop novel solutions in its industry, starting with traditional textile dyeing in 1950 and the opening of their first American factory in Cartersville, Georgia in 1995. Today, Piana Technology is a multinational company tackling common problems with uncommon solutions with nonwovens, digital printing, and fibre treatments. Piana makes the hidden technology behind many everyday consumer products—from automotive to home furnishings—replacing conventional materials with socially and environmentally responsible technologies.
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