Climate-friendly foam building insulation may do more harm than good

February 23, 2021

The use of the polymeric flame retardant PolyFR in “eco-friendly” foam plastic building insulation may be harmful to human health and the environment, according to a new commentary in Environmental Science & Technology. The authors’ analysis identifies several points during the lifecycle of foam insulation that may expose workers, communities, and ecosystems to PolyFR and its potentially toxic breakdown products.

Silent Spring's Kathryn Rodgers is a co-author of the commentary.

Read Green Science Policy Institute's press release.