Enter Albemarle Corporation, a Louisiana-based company called that has developed a product believed to solve health-related problems connected to fire retardants used in vehicles. The product, called Green Armor is non-toxic and designed to be incapable of passing through the skin. Green Armor is in the market development stages and is being pitched to suppliers and automakers as part of a green engineering effort. As Abermarle's global director of product advocacy Ray Dawson tells Ward's Auto:
The company admits Green Armor will initially cost more than traditional fire retardant treatments. However, the company believes that its higher associated cost is easily offset by its non-toxic nature and increased consumer safety.The motor industry, in common with many other industries, is increasingly conscious of green engineering and green chemistry. Within that framework, we believe that (Green Armor) – as it is developed and incorporated in automotive components – will move the industry in the right direction.
[Source: Ward's Auto]