Graco Bans Flame Retardants

An online activism success! After nearly 4,000 parents signed Sara Snow’s petition to Graco, asking it to eliminate flame retardants from its children’s products, the company has committed to a flame retardant ban.

This is especially significant because Graco sells nearly 1 out of every 3 baby gear products in the United States.

Graco told advocates it has committed to ban and monitor four Tris and related chemicals, specifically:

• “Tris,” chemicals including TDCPP (Tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate) and TCEP (Tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate).
• TCPP (Tris (1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate) is structurally similar to the “Tris” compounds.
• All three Tris chemicals are either carcinogens or suspected carcinogens.
• Firemaster 550, a chemical mixture containing ingredients that have been targeted for review by EPA due to widespread exposure and potential health risk, is also on Graco’s ban list.

While recognizing that eliminating these toxic flame retardant chemicals puts Graco ahead of most other children’s product makers, advocates urged the company to take additional steps to ensure their products no longer contain any hazardous chemicals. Graco is also being asked to disclose chemicals contained in their products and develop an alternatives assessment system to ensure chemicals are inherently safer and lower hazard.

Read more at Healthy Child Healthy World.

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