Tag Archives | flame retardants

In the News

Do soaps with triclosan do more harm than good? (Chicago Tribune, 2/10/13) Laboratory studies show that triclosan, a common anti-bacterial ingredient in soap, disrupts hormones, interferes with muscle function, and promotes the growth of stronger bacteria. Plus, it’s “building up in the environment to the possible peril of wildlife.”

Related: How to properly wash your hands (with plain old soap).


California plans to alter rules on flame retardants
(Chicago Tribune, 2/9/13) The move could benefit consumers nationwide, lessening exposure to toxic flame retardant chemicals.

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In the News

Flame retardants now seen as health risk (San Francisco Chronicle, 2/3/13) Flame retardant chemicals aren’t only in your furniture. They’re in foam insulation and they may be leaching from your walls. California finally moves to revise its decades-old flammability standard to reduce the use of flame retardants.

Secondhand smoke significant source of lead exposure for children
(Syracuse YNN Radio, 2/2/13) Kids who live with one smoker had lead levels 14% higher than kids who live with non-smokers. [...]

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Rediscovering the Butterfly Chair

In the wake of the Chicago Tribune’s amazing exposé on flame retardants, it looks like California (and the rest of the country) is finally waking up to their dangers and moving toward greater restrictions on their use.

In the meantime, most of the furniture you see in showrooms is still soaked in the toxic stuff, so it pays to seek a safe alternative if you’re in the market for new furnishings.

It recently dawned on me that the cheapest, safest furniture cushion is no cushion [...]

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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. [...]

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In the News

You’re probably not surprised that I’m a news junkie when it comes to chemicals, the environment, and children’s health. Here are some recent articles of interest.

Lead found in many purses, bags and wallets
(San Francisco Chronicle, July 11)

BPA makes fish court other species
(New Scientist, July 11) [...]

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Required Reading: “Playing With Fire”

The Chicago Tribune recently published an investigative series exploring how the tobacco industry, along with three chemical companies that produce flame retardants, successfully campaigned for laws requiring flame retardants in furniture. Studies show that flame retardants do not provide safety, and evidence links them to cancer, fetal impairment, and reproductive problems. I can’t think of […]

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Our Healthy Play Mat

I gave up trying to find an acceptable foam play mat for Fergus and Sweet William. Many mats are made from EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate), which is safer than PVC, but doesn’t guarantee that they are free of endocrine-disrupting phthalates. Some manufacturers will not say that their mats are PVC-free. Some mats are treated with […]

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Joining the Effort

We’ve recently seen how online advocacy leads to change — think of Pink Slime or BPA. What if we could get manufacturers to stop using cancer-causing chemicals in products like strollers and car seats? Take a few seconds to sign this petition to Graco telling its president that you oppose the use of flame retardants […]

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