02 May '11, 5pm
Do We Need Flame Retardants In Our Furniture and Electronics? : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger
These chemicals migrate from furniture into household dust, which is ingested by people and pets. As a result, virtually every Californian tested has been found to have flame retardants stored in their bodies, with babies and toddlers having the highest levels. Levels have increased 40-fold in human breast milk since the TB117 standard was put into practice. Many fire retardant chemicals are now considered global contaminants. Studies on environmental health have associated the use of these toxics with adverse health effects in both humans and animals, including hormone disruption, reproductive toxicity, cancer, and fetal and child development. Yet many scientists argue that an equivalent level of fire safety can be achieved without using these harmful chemicals.