Plant-based fire retardants may offer a less toxic way to tame flames

Scientists have converted acids found in tea leaves and buckwheat into fire-resistant chemicals

chair with flame resistant tag

New plant-based flame retardants could ward off fires without the toxic effects of their commercially used counterparts.

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