Toxic chemicals in child car seats – Reflective insulation product can help reduce exposure

Car Seat Insulation
Car Seat Sun Shield

A child’s car seat, a device intended to protect children, may actually put them at risk of being exposed to toxic chemicals. The Ecology Center, a nonprofit consumer environmental organization, released a study last year which found that over half of 2011 child car seats contained at least one dangerous chemical.

The Ecology Center tested more than 150, 2011-model car seats for bromine, chlorine, lead and other harmful chemicals that have been linked to allergies, birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer. HealthyStuff.org laid out the details of the research released by the Ecology Center in this media release (scroll about halfway down). CBS News and MSN have also reported on the hazardous chemicals found in child car seats.

The Ecology Center also discovered that heat and UV-ray exposure in cars can accelerate the breakdown of these dangerous chemicals and possibly increase their toxicity. After learning of this, Innovative Energy, a reflective insulation company located in Indiana, designed a product to fit over the car seat that will help reduce the transfer of radiant heat and prevent extreme temperature fluctuation.

The Car Seat Sun Shield fits over most car seats and protects them while not in use, then folds effortlessly into a compact size for easy storage. Another parent-friendly aspect of the product is that its lightweight design allows for easy handling by parents who – surprise – only have one free hand.

Here are some recommendations from the Ecology Center that will also help reduce your child’s exposure to harmful chemicals found in car seats:

• Don’t let infants nap in car seats and prolong chemical exposure;

• Vacuum vehicles frequently to remove dangerous chemical dust; and

• Keep car seats out of direct UV rays and heat

Innovative Energy has been a leader in developing energy-conserving products through reflective technology since 1980. From products for the building industry to materials for automotive, agricultural and packaging applications, the company offers the most complete line of reflective products.

For more information about Innovative Energy or the Car Seat Sun Shield, call 800-776-3645 or visit www.insul.net.

Innovative Energy to show off insulated packaging products at Sweets & Snacks Expo

 

The 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo takes place in Chicago May 8-10

Innovative Energy will occupy booth No. 287 at the Sweets & Snacks Expo being held at McCormick Place in Chicago May 8-10. A variety of Innovative Energy’s InsulTote(R) line of insulated packaging products will be on display including insulated box liners, pouches and boxes. Samples of these items as well as product brochures will also be available. This year’s Sweets & Snack Expo is expected to be the largest ever, with some 540 companies exhibiting and a total attendance of over 14,000 industry professionals anticipated.

Innovative Energy products are made with a reflective surface which reduces heat loss or gain helping keep your items at a more desirable temperature. Representatives will be on hand to inform attendees about the benefits of reflective insulation and answer questions. For more information on the Sweets & Snacks Expo, visit www.sweetsandsnacks.com. For more information about Innovative Energy’s insulated packaging products, visit www.insul.net or call 800-776-3645.

How do reflective insulation products work in buildings?

Innovative Energy's astroECO reflective insulation

Radiant heat is one of the three ways that heat is transferred, and it is the primary mode of heat transfer in buildings. It occurs when infrared rays cross air spaces from one surface to another. Whereas mass insulation slows down heat transfer, reflective insulation and radiant barrier products feature a highly reflective film that can block up to 97 percent of radiant heat transfer, therefore improving overall thermal performance.

Reflective insulation products incorporate the insulating qualities of trapped air spaces in the core material sandwiched between the two reflective surfaces to create a material that reduces heat transfer. Radiant barriers typically come in sheets with a highly reflective surface on one or both sides, depending upon the application.

The main difference between a radiant barrier and a reflective insulation product relates to the way in which it is installed. Reflective insulations are typically installed within cavities that incorporate air spaces between the insulation and the cavity materials, as in a wall. Radiant barriers are typically installed with one reflective surface facing a large open air space, such as in an attic. To learn more, click here.

Overall benefits of reflective insulation and radiant barrier products include:

  • Reduced energy consumption and costs
  • Improved interior comfort
  • Thin and lightweight products
  • Easy and safe to install; no special tools or protective clothing required
  • Products available for virtually any structure

Innovative Energy offers the most complete line of reflective insulation products — from products for the building industry to materials for OEM and packaging applications. With a wealth of technical expertise, Innovative Energy representatives are always available to direct customers to the products that best fulfill their needs and requirements.

For more information about Innovative Energy or reflective insulation products, call 800-776-3645 or visit www.insul.net.

Holidays, hard times and charitable giving

Holiday card
Innovative Energy purchased holiday cards from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, with proceeds benefitting the charity.

By now, people have returned to work from their holiday breaks, but many are probably still reflecting on what the holiday season brought them – family time, gifts or some much needed time out of the office. If you are one of the companies that we at Innovative Energy have had the pleasure of working with over the last year, hopefully you’re reflecting on the gift you received from us.

No, it wasn’t the traditional assortment of chocolates or food. This year, in the spirit of giving, Innovative Energy made a donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana in honor of our valued clients. Some clients also received holiday cards from us that were purchased through the organization as well.

The four Ronald McDonald Houses in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana region provide countless families a “home away from home” in the event that their child needs to undergo medical treatment at a facility far from home. The charity provides this service at little or no cost to the family. A fifth house, set to open in Chicago later this year, will be the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world. Now Innovative Energy and our valued clients will have played a part in the building of this wonderful new facility that will truly help families in need.

In December, all of us at Innovative Energy came together to raise more than $600 for a local family in need through a silent auction and personal donations. The funds were used to buy clothing and winter gear for the children as well as a gift card to help the family purchase groceries. We plan to continue with similar charitable activities around the holiday for years to come, and we sincerely hope our generosity is contagious.

Innovative Energy has been a leader in developing energy-conserving products through reflective technology since 1980. From reflective insulation and radiant barriers to temperature-sensitive packaging, we offer the most complete line of reflective products. For more information about Innovative Energy, click here.

Innovative Energy employees embrace the spirit of giving

Innovative Energy employees begin to gather for their annual Christmas party. The employees raised more than $600 for a local family in need through a silent auction and donations.

The employees of Innovative Energy came together last week to raise more than $600 for a local family in need. Everyone from the production workers and office staff to the executive directors and the company’s president took part in a silent auction and then donated additional funds during the company’s Christmas party.

With the help of Lowell town officials, employees learned of a local family struggling to endure through financial hardships and the unexpected loss of the children’s mother. The funds will be used to provide Christmas gifts for the family, with the children’s primary request being for clothing. The silent auction raised $381, to which company employees added an additional $250 in personal donations.

This was the first time Innovative Energy conducted a fund-raising silent auction as part of its company Christmas party, but everyone was very pleased with the end result. The company plans to make this an annual event.

“This was more than just a company donation, it was kindhearted people coming together to help a neighbor,” Carl Kurek, an employee of Innovative Energy, said. “Everyone just really felt for this family and was happy, more than happy, to be able to offer them some assistance.”

Innovative Energy has been cemented in the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland area since the company was formed in 1980. Its headquarters have been located in Lowell, Ind. since 1995. >From reflective insulation and radiant barriers to temperature-sensitive packaging, the company has been a leader in developing energy-conserving products through reflective technology. For more information about Innovative Energy, click here.

If you would like to help a needy family in your area this holiday season, contact your local town or city hall.