Today is a big day for the Green Science Policy Institute and our colleagues! We have two great pieces of news to share with you.
First, in collaboration with Earth Justice and a coalition of colleagues, we are presenting our BIG IDEA petition to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today. This groundbreaking petition calls for a ban on four categories of household products containing any member of the chemical class of halogenated flame retardants. Here at the Institute, we have been working with outstanding scientists for three years to put together the scientific basis for regulating these harmful chemicals as a class rather than one by one. If successful, our petition could prevent the current cycle of regrettable substitution of a toxic chemical with a chemical cousin that has similar properties. This could set a new legal and policy precedent and go a long way towards protecting our health from the most harmful classes of chemicals. Does this sound like a “Big Idea” to you? You can read more about the petition below and view informative short webinars on Six Classes containing harmful chemicals here.
Second, we are happy to announce the defeat of yet another international “Candle standard” that could have led to hundreds of millions of pounds of unneeded flame retardants in electronics cases worldwide. Since 2008, our scientific informationand international network has helped inform standard-making bodies in 40 countries about the lack of fire safety benefit and toxicity of the flame retardants. This ill-advised standard, that could have harmed global health, environment, and the recycling of electrics, was voted down by a significant measure. You can learn more here.
Thanks, as always, for your interest and invaluable support,
Arlene and the Green Science Policy team
P. S.: Eve Gartner and my editorial today in the Hill is here.
Home is where the harm can be -And the BIG IDEA can change that!
Consider helping us spread the word about this groundbreaking effort by sharing the following tweets:
- @USCPSC can ban #home products with #toxic #FlameRetardants linked to #learningdisabilities in #children and #cancer https://greensciencepolicy.org/bantoxicproducts/
- Scientists, firefighters, doctors ask @USCPSC to ban #home products containing class of #Toxic #FlameRetardants https://greensciencepolicy.org/bantoxicproducts/
- UNACCEPTABLE: #Toxic #FlameRetardants are in our #homes and bodies. @USCPSC can #change that https://greensciencepolicy.org/bantoxicproducts/
Safer Sofa Foam Exchange
Give your sofa a face-lift while reducing your exposure to unhealthy flame retardants. 80-100% of flame retardants in sofas are in the foam inside removable cushions.
- Reducing your exposure to flame retardants
- Saving costs as compared to buying a new sofa
- Preventing your old sofa that contains harmful chemicals from ending up in a landfill or low income community
For those living in the San Francisco Bay Area, sign up here to learn where you can exchange your foam.
For those in other regions, contact your local foam stores and inquire about replacing the foam in your sofa with foam without added flame retardants.