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Testing/Certifications of Hartindo AF21 on fabrics
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Aug '10
Megola Inc., a leading environmental solution provider, announces that continued textile certification tests are being conducted on fabrics used in the battle dress uniforms (BDU) for the U.S. Armed Forces.

The fabrics have been treated with Hartindo AF21, a water-based, non-toxic, environmentally-friendly fire inhibitor, and further enhanced with a proven antimicrobial binding ingredient, and will now undergo testing for wash durability standards. Testing will be done by the Textiles Division of the CTT Group, located in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

"Third party testing and certifications have continuously proven that Hartindo AF21 stands alone in its fire inhibiting and heat resistant properties. Megola continues to garner more and more attention from groups that are seeking environmental solutions that do not compromise on quality, performance or cost. In fact, this is where Hartindo AF21 is most impressive, as it far exceeds many of the basic fire retardant standards in many different industries and applications," states Joel Gardner, CEO Megola Inc.

Non-Flammable vs Competitors Short Term Flame Resistance
Unlike many current fire retardants that only resist fire for a short period of time, Hartindo AF21-treated material will not burn. Flames from untreated material will not be able to spread when they encounter Hartindo AF21-treated material, which causes a fire to be limited to the size of the initial fuel source.

Hartindo AF21 treated fabrics:

• NFPA 701- vertical burn test; flame propagation of textiles
• NFPA 2112 - flame resistance for protection of industrial personnel against flash fires

Non-Toxic, Environmentally-Friendly
Hartindo AF21 is water-based and contains a mixture of inorganic compounds and a proprietary blend of fire-inhibiting ingredients. The results of toxicity testing performed by a third-party laboratory in the U.S.A., using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved test methods, showed that Hartindo AF21 is essentially non-toxic when ingested and non-irritating upon contact with eyes or skin.

This is in stark contrast to many current fire retardants that are solvent-based, toxic and potentially irritating to eyes and skin. In fact, there is strong evidence that some of the common fire retardant chemicals used today can bioaccumulate in our bodies and can persist for many years in the environment.

Testing/Certifications:

Hartindo AF21 meets all international standards including:

• British Standards (BTTG WIRA & LPC tested to Civil Aviation Authority CAA, UK)
• US Regulations (tested to Federal Aviation Administration - FAA, USA)
• SISIR (Singapore)
• SIRIM (Malaysia)
• BPPT (Indonesia)
• NYC Fire Department Certificate of Approval for use as a 100% Cotton, or Cotton/Polyester Blend, Flameproofing Compound (NFPA Standard 701)
• ASTM E84 (CLASS A) -- surface burning characteristics of building materials

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