What’s in your house dust? Study Participants Wanted

Do you live in Northern California? Are you planning to buy a new couch or swap out your old foam cushions for new, flame retardant-free furnishings before November, 2016? If so, you may be eligible to participate in an exciting study. In collaboration with UC Davis, Silent Spring Institute, and Environmental Working Group, we want to measure the change in household levels of flame retardants after removing furniture or foam products that contain flame retardants. Our question is: does household…

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New York Times and Retro Report: A Flame Retardant That Came With Its Own Threat to Health

3 May 2015

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There are over 80,000 chemicals in use today. The story of TRIS, removed from children’s pajamas in the 1970s, illustrates just how hard it is to regulate chemicals, or to even know if they’re safe.…

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Michigan Public Radio Environment Report: Furniture Makers Getting Rid of Flame Retardants in their Products

Apr 9 2015

This week, we’re bringing you a series of stories about firefighters and cancer. Firefighters say they’re worried about getting exposed to certain kinds of toxic flame retardant chemicals.…

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Chicago Tribune: Furniture firms shun flame retardants but some toxic couches still for sale

Jan 23 2015

New safety regulations allow upholstered furniture to be made without flame retardants, but consumers may find it difficult to tell whether a retailer’s new couches and chairs are free of the toxic, ineffective chemicals. A handful of industry leaders say they have largely purged flame retardants from their supply chains.…

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The Sacramento Bee: Concern grows in firefighters, others after cancer-causing flame retardants found in test subjects

30 Nov 2014

A growing body of evidence found an array of flame-retardant chemicals – many which are carcinogenic – in test participants, a potential health concern for firefighters and others exposed to the chemicals. The most recent study on flame-retardant chemicals, released in October, found the flame-retardant chemical chlorinated Tris in the blood and urine of all but one of the 16 nonsmoking adults tested in the study.…

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Counsel & Heal: Researchers Identified Flame Retardant, TCEP in Americans for the First Time

12 Nov 2014

Americans are contaminated with many toxic flame retardants, a new study reported. According to the researchers at the Silent Spring Institute and the University of Antwerp, one of these flame retardants, TCEP, has never been identified in Americans before.…

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My foam exchange story: How I saved big bucks without passing the buck

I bought my sofa in California, “home” of the TB117 standard. I know 75-94% of sofas tested contain flame retardants. And clear as day, sewn onto my couch was a TB117 label. You would think I’d take the hint, but I was convinced that my sofa was okay. My sofa was nice! Then I had it tested and found out my foam wasn’t so nice. The foam contained TDCPP (chlorinated Tris) and TPP (triphenyl phosphate). High levels of TDCPP and…

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