Are we all breathing microscopic glass shards?
Are we all
At home, in the office,
My name is Enrico Nardone. I am a partner at EN3 Sunprotection, a shading and insect-protection consultancy based in Toronto. I have important insights I believe I should share with you. Our company executes a substantial amount of Roller shading installations in Toronto, GTA and across Canada for both the residential and commercial sector.To our surprise, we discovered that over 95% of installed shading fabrics are still PVC-based and around 50% of them contain fiberglass! We see them everywhere: in homes, in hospitals and in schools!
We are alarmed
We were even more astonished, when we discovered that more than 55% of shading fabrics currently being specified by expert consultants such as interior designers, architects and developers for future projects still contain the harmful combination of PVC and Fiberglass.
They did not know!
As soon as we alert our clients about the hazards of PVC / Fiberglass based fabrics, they immediately opt for the healthy alternative. The price difference is no issue. Eco-certified textiles, which contain zero harmful or toxic substances, are only 10-15% pricier than its malignant counterpart. So, what is the issue? 95% of the expert consultants we contacted did not know that more than half of mainstream shades on the market release micro glass-shards into the air. Moreover, they did not know about a healthy, organic and recyclable alternative available right here, in Canada!
Where have PVC/Fiberglass roller shades come from?
The initial PVC/ Fiberglass sunscreen technology has originated in Europe during the 70s and 80s. However, this product was meant for exterior use. At the same time North Americans got tired of mainstream “Venetians” and swiftly adopted the European invention, ignoring, unfortunately, the fact that it was not meant for interior use, and thus turning a blind eye onto its health-hazard side effects.
How is it made?
The PVC / Fiberglass fabric thread is composed of a PVC jacket, which contains fiberglass. In other words, PVC acts like a tube that contains a core yarn made of fiberglass. While materials such as Polyester fuse with PVC during cutting and seal off the fabric edges, PVC does not fuse with fiberglass! The internal fiberglass yarns get exposed during the cutting process of the finished fabric! Consequently, any manipulation, motion, vibration of the fabric on-site releases microscopic glass-shards into the air.
No cancer warning?
*National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a medical wing of the Department of Labor, made an alarming discovery regarding man made mineral fibers (fiberglass). They determined that the fibers created DNA damage, which leads to chronic illness and is carcinogenic. According to **OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), there is ample evidence to suggest fiberglass can cause respiratory disease in people. Inhaling fiberglass particles can cause nosebleeds, severe coughing, and lung damage. In the worst-case scenario, small particles can reach the lungs and become lodged into the tissue. OSHA requires manufacturers to place a cancer warning on all fiberglass materials. PVC/ Fiberglass shade fabrics carry no such warning. Why? It is all about assumptions! It was assumed that the glass yarn fuses with the PVC jacket the same way as Polyester does. Well, it does NOT. It was assumed that Fiberglass would stay contained and sealed within the PVC jacket. Nobody checked what happens to the finished fabric during the cutting process. Right from the start, the exposed edges release tiny fiberglass shards. Moreover, as we observed, years of daily manipulation further accelerates this process. Bit by bit, the glass bits are being released into the air.
Fiberglass Shards - Close up
Fiberglass Shards - Close up
The healthy alternative!
At EN3 Sunprotection, we offer a wide selection of PVC free, recyclable eco sunscreen fabrics, made from 100% Trevira, PES Polyester yarn, the latest evolution phase in green fabric production. These unique materials maintain the highest standards of flame resistance, durability, and thermal performance and clean indoor air quality. Our eco sunscreen fabrics are all skin-safe and are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 compliant; we only use textiles tested for harmful substances, free of pollutants, allergens and halogens.The following parameters list some of the Oeko-Tex harmful substances that undergo screening: specifically banned AZO dyes, Carcinogenic and allergy-inducing dyes, Formaldehyde, Pesticides, Chlorinated phenols, Organotin compounds (TBT and DBT) and odour.
EN3 SUNPROTECTION DISTRIBUTES INTERIOR & EXTERIOR SHADE SYSTEMS ACROSS CANADA USING PVC FREE, RECYCLABLE POLYESTER YARN.
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