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 […]
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.
These chemicals are full-fledged members of the endocrine disruptor family. They have routinely been added to consumer products for over 30 years in an effort to reduce fire-related injury and property damage.
The Ecology Center (HealthyStuff.org) tested 68 Christmas light sets and found that a shocking 54% of the products contained more than 300 parts per million of lead in PVC …
We learned a lot about PVC and lead last year in our research on artificial Christmas trees. The toxic couple made yet another grand appearance as we turned our attention to Christmas lights this season. It turns out that lead is specifically chosen as the main stabilizer in the PVC casing used on the electrical […]
If this most recent news highlighting the woes of PVC doesn’t convince America that it’s time to make a major move toward PVC-free alternatives, then nothing will! The nonprofit Ecology Center tested over 1,000 flooring samples and nearly 2,300 types of wallpaper for substances that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive […]
At first glance, artificial Christmas trees seem to make more sense as a long-term solution when considering cost, ease of use and the reusability factor. Artificial trees actually have some eye appeal these days, as compared to the days when they were manufactured by a toilet brush company. Cutting down a living tree seems like […]