29 Aug '16, 8pm

Can your couch give you cancer?

Can your couch give you cancer?

Drenching furniture in chemicals to make it safer probably wasn’t the best idea. In 1975, in an effort to protect people from igniting their furniture by way of neglected cigarettes, California enacted a law called technical bulletin 117, or TB117. It required furniture manufacturers to treat their goods with flame retardant chemicals; it inspired most companies to begin treating all of their furniture rather than create a special line only for California. It seemed like the right thing to do. “After the regulation was passed most furniture included flame retardants,” Heather Stapleton, associate professor and program chair of environmental health at Duke University, tells Time magazine. Couches, chairs, baby seats, even nap mats and mattress pads and more were treated. “Later on it was found that these flame retardants could migrate out of the products and into people.” F...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/can-your-couch-give-...

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