What You Need to Know About Flame Retardant Plastics


Flame retardant plastic film use has been steadily increasing since its development. It is made by combining a retardant with polymers which will help resist ignition, suppress smoke, decrease the spread of flames, and stop the polymer in the plastic film from dripping. There are currently two common types of flame retardant additives: halogenated and non-halogenated.


Halogenated flame retardant is the least expensive option. Because it is based on bromine, it is considered the more toxic option. The way it works is that when bromine is released from the plastic film it cuts off the supply of oxygen to the fire which greatly reduces its flames or quells the fire completely.


While more expensive, non-halogenated flame retardant is much easier on the environment and much safer. Instead of cutting of oxygen to the flames, the minerals used create water as they are burned, which cools items that are heating up and even quenches fires.

The flame retardant that is chosen is based on the type of protection that is likely needed. It must work successfully with the type of polymer it is being combined with and what application the plastic film is going to be used for.

At Marshall Plastic Film, our flame retardant plastic film meets or exceeds all industry standards. Our purpose in creating this film is to keep our customers and their property safe. By delaying ignition we are able to provide people with more time to escape from a fire and help reduce property damage. Being in business since 1972, we know a bit about plastic film. If you’re in the market for flame retardant plastic film, please call us today!

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