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Plasters Reported to Neutralize Odors, Chemicals

Monday, April 19, 2010

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EcoDeVita™ KRT and KRM

Shikoku International (Orange, Calif.) announced the availability in the U.S. market of its indoor plaster products, EcoDeVita™ KRT and KRM. The products are reported to reduce cigarette-smoke odors and neutralize other chemicals.

The plasters contain diatomaceous earth and other materials that attract and chemically alter formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, rendering them harmless, the company says.

“This is a tremendously important issue in the effort to create healthy indoor air, especially in the hospitality industry where many properties continue to allow smoking," said Yoshi Oyama, the company’s general manager.

Formaldehyde and acetaldehyde are two of the many toxic chemicals found in cigarette smoke, and are responsible for much of its acrid smell, the company said in an announcement regarding the plaster products. The chemicals are also found in adhesives, and are emitted from many common materials such as new carpets, cabinetry, and furniture.

The plaster products—one for ceilings and the other for walls—are described as attractive, traditional Japanese plasters that adsorb aldehyde compounds and break them down through chemical reactions, with this capability reportedly continuing for several years.

The company says potential applications of the plasters include the hospitality industry in regions where smoking is still permitted; schools; residences; retail stores; offices; and other settings where offgassing from existing fixtures and materials occurs.

Shikoku International manufactures a line of traditional wall and ceiling plasters that carry the Indoor Advantage Gold certification from Scientific Certification Systems. The products can contribute to LEED credits, and are compliant with other green building programs, the company says.

More information: www.ecodevita.com.

   

Tagged categories: Green building; Green coatings; Plasters; Shikoku International; Sustainability

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