Alaska Beyond Magazine: Green Trailblazers


In January 1977, biophysical chemist Arlene Blum and biochemist Bruce Ames, both of the University of California, Berkeley, published an article in the journal Science, stating that Tris, a chemical flame retardant widely used on children’s pajamas, was a mutagen.   Their research, alongside findings by the National Cancer Institute, had an immediate impact. By April, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission had banned the chemical Tris in children’s pajamas, and has not been used since.

Last year Blum once again celebrated a success over Tris, this time working on improving standards with furniture manufacturers…

Amy Westervelt