Physical harm such as choking on decorations or playing with the outlet where Christmas lights are plugged in are not the only concerns. Surprisingly, toxic chemicals like lead in PVC trees and lights also play a big role in creating an unsafe environment too. Christmas trees Most artificial trees are made from PVC plastic. Not […]
There are a lot of opinions out there about whether Wal-mart’s decision earlier this year to impose their own ban on polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) found in couches, computers and baby strollers was the right one. They basically circumvented the US regulatory system to impose what many refer to as “retailer regulation.” But aren’t PBDEs […]
A few years ago, I never would have imagined that dust could be such an issue. I saw it as nothing more than an “unsightly” lack of motivation on my part. Much to my dismay, house dust now tops the list as one of the most significant sources of childhood exposure to toxic substances. Chemicals […]
Have you heard? The Toxies is less than two days away! Being filmed live from Hollywood on June 16th, the Toxies is the annual awards ceremony for the worst-of-the-worst “bad actor” chemicals like halogenated flame retardants and BPA. You can learn all about each chemical’s M.O. by browsing their ingeniously designed characters at Toxies.com where […]
We recently delved into toxic flame retardants used in foam in part 2 of our series on the topic. And now a new study confirms that we are literally surrounded by these chemicals, from cushions to pillows, strollers, nursing pillows and rocking chairs. The study authors raised concerns that babies are at risk of greater […]
In Part 2 of our series investigating flame retardant chemicals, we’re looking at another of the most common flame retardants used in the United States, Chlorinated Flame Retardants (CFR’s). I realize that we may not be able to avoid this group of chemicals, but it’s important to learn where they’re found so that we can […]
We recently introduced a new series investigating flame retardant chemicals and today we’re looking at the most common group of flame retardants used in the United States.