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SafeTouch Insulation: So Long Fiberglass

| Thursday November 29th, 2007 | 10 Comments

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A brilliant new product has hit the market in the form of insulation without the irritating fiberglass found in its predecessors. This material caters to all those do-it-yourself handymen and women out there who have long dreaded installing insulation thanks to the glass dust and itchiness associated with fiberglass. Dow Chemical Company has recently introduced the solution. Welcome SAFETOUCH, fiberglass-free insulation.
It is a plastic fiber batt insulation that has the same R-value as fiberglass minus the common side effect of dust and itching. The only tool required is a utility knife, and let’s not forget, you can toss your goggles, work gloves and face mask because it’s just that simple to work with. Having trouble with those tough to reach spots and drafty little gaps, no problem, just rip off a piece and stuff it in those crevices and narrow, irregular spaces. As like any good batt insulation this material can support its own weight and hold itself into the desired position when placed in a stud bay. It’s so easy to use just about anyone can create a more comfortable and energy efficient building.


SAFETOUCH is made up of the same types of fibers used to make clothing and bedding eliminating the negatives of its irritating fiberglass cousin. It lacks any formaldehyde binders, borates or acrylic binders, which are often found in many other traditional insulation products making Safe Touch better for the resident and the environment.
But hold up, the downside is also clutched on the heels of this Safe Touch insulation, it is costly, averaging a price hike of a whopping 66% premium per square foot for R-13. You can purchase fiberglass for around 40 cents per square foot and the added convenience of this fine filler is a lofty 64 cents comparatively. When you consider the sharp bills attached to labor these days, you might actually come out on top if you install this extremely user friendly product yourself.


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  • lexington

    there are many other “green” options that benefit the environment and leave a smaller footprint such as recycled levis and blown in newspaper etc. This thermafleece is interesting and looks like a sound alternative as well.

  • http://bwlchyrhyd.blogspot.com Jessica Gregory

    And, it’s still plastic. What about something like Thermafleece

  • midnite

    I think it's well worth the price for a do it yourself-er, to avoid all that itchy stuff. If I had to pay a contractor to install the fiberglass type, I know it would cost me as much as this new safetouch, if not more. So I choose to save time & money by buying Safe touch insulation, and do it myself !! The plastic part of it made me a little unsettled in case of a fire…but I assume they wouldn't allow it to be sold for this purpose if it were a major fire hazard, so I'm going with it. I consider this my recycling contribution too, by using this plastic product. I wonder whether or not this safe touch stuff will deter mice from crawling through my walls, when they attempt coming inside to escape the cold weather ? That would be a bonus.
    I don't think I'd like to be cutting up enough old jeans or fleece blankets to do my insulation jobs. Would take too long & be too costly in the long run. But the thought of having a snuggly wrapped around my house to keep me warm isn't such a bad idea, either.

  • Kalem Insulation Manager

    OK, the shredded newspaper is not a good green alternative, If i put an r-38 in your attic over roughly 1200sf i would be putting around 300 pounds of chemicals into your home for fire-prevention and for pests. Fiberglass (white not yellow because of the amount of formaldehyde) does not have this present at all. Glass doesn't burn!

  • Kalem Insulation Manager

    OK, the shredded newspaper is not a good green alternative, If i put an r-38 in your attic over roughly 1200sf i would be putting around 300 pounds of chemicals into your home for fire-prevention and for pests. Fiberglass (white not yellow because of the amount of formaldehyde) does not have this present at all. Glass doesn't burn!

  • steve

    I would like to aviod fiberglass which could turn out to be as bad as asbestose. Not sure about DOW’s but have seen that this can be made from recycled milk jugs

  • Anonymous

    there are no site that I can find that will tell you how much it cost and where to find it

  • Matt

    I am in the middle of re-insulating my home and have chosen SafeTouch for the project. I am a DIYer and love the fact that it can be installed without gloves or a mask and as an added benefit Dow is giving a $10.00 per bag mail in rebate…great product, but expensive.

  • Kevin

    Why dont they sell Safetouch in any home repair stores in Mississippi or louisiana??????

  • http://www.InsulationMaterials.com Ryan McCoy

    This comment is not directly related to Dow SafeTouch, but if anyone is having a hard time finding fiberglass free insulation, we have it available and will ship nationwide:

    http://www.shop.insulationmaterials.com/EnGuard-R-13-Glass-Free-Insulation-EG1315.htm