Soundproofing Plus: Acoustic Tiles, Acoustical Fiberglass, and Acoustic Foam – Is there a Sound Treatment Choice that is Safe and eco-friendly?

Acoustic Tiles, Acoustical Fiberglass, and Acoustic Foam – Is there a Sound Treatment Choice that is Safe and eco-friendly?

Acoustical fiberglass and acoustic foam have a long tradition of use in treating sound. Typically used in acoustic tiles and acoustical panels, fiberglass and foam offered a reasonably inexpensive and effective method of controlling sound. All acoustic tiles and panels work in essentially the same way - by trapping sound waves that cause reverberation and echoes. However, not all acoustical tiles and panels are a healthy choice for you or the environment. The great debate over the safety of acoustical fiberglass has been going on for years, and the question of the environmental impact of acoustical foam is percolating. Some of the fastest growth in the building industry, today, revolves around finding and using materials that are more human and eco-friendly than what was used in the past.

Back in the 1980s, the use of acoustical fiberglass as sound insulation fell under intense speculation, when implantation experiments with small animals showed an increase in the development of lung cancer and immune system disorders in the animals. In the years since these findings, numerous governmental experiments have released reports establishing the safety of acoustical fiberglass to humans as an insulation and thermal heating material. The same studies warn against the exposure to such materials during the installation process. Many companies who produce acoustical fiberglass and acoustic tiles have produced safety manuals for their customers as a precautionary tool to help protect against possible inhalation of the product during installation.Acoustical foams, traditionally, have been manufactured using petroleum-based chemicals. Though effective as absorptive materials, the environmental impact of manufacturing acoustical foam and the difficulty of how to safely dispose of it in some way other than tossing it into landfills should concern consumers of sound treating products who wish to minimize their carbon footprint.

With so much debate about the safety of acoustical fiberglass and the problems associated with manufacturing and waste of acoustic foam, it should come as a relief to know that a highly-effective yet affordable alternative solution for sound absorption is available!

Audimute acoustic absorption products are just as effective as fiberglass (and foam) at reducing reflected sound in a room by absorbing echoes and reverberation. And they are much safer to use. Unlike foam or fiberglass products, Audimute sheets contain natural materials that absorb sound (cotton, etc) and make use of reclaimed fabric. Wall coverings and acoustic panels contain eco-C-tex, the GREENEST sound absorbing material in today's marketplace! Eco-C-tex is a blend of recycled cotton and cellulose fibers (the majority of which is post-consumer recycled newspaper)!

We encourage you to choose an acoustic absorption product to meet your aesthetic needs and your budget. As a company, Audimute is committed to producing eco-friendly products and limiting the environmental impact of our manufacturing, distribution, and life cycle of our products, while offering keeping our line as affordable and attractive as possible.

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