California Dumps Flammability Standard That Filled Our Furniture With Toxic Flame RetardantsPosted: June 20, 2012
Millie; Flame Retardant chemicals are extremely toxic and are in our furniture and in out children’s sleepwear! This means that between the sleepwear and the mattress we are absorbing HIGHLY toxic chemicals. They are endocrine interrupters and are known to lower sperm count. I became aware of these chemicals about 30 years ago when making choices for my children’s sleepwear. I chose plain white cotton oversize t-shirts for my children to sleep in. I sleep on an organic wool and cotton futon with a luxurious feather topper. You should to. Both together cost me less than $500. 5 years ago…WAY cheaper than a conventional mattress. The latex and chemicals in normal mattresses cause me to go into anaphylactic shock if I sleep on them.
TreeHugger has been complaining for years that flame retardants are a problem because they are bio-accumulative and are being found everywhere, from baby’s umbilical cords to polar bears. That they be endocrine disruptors. That they don’t even work or even do more harm than good. But the stuff kept being poured into furniture and electronics to meet the California Flammability Standard, that became the de facto national standard.
Now Governor Jerry Brown has thrown the standard out. According to Sarah Janssen at NRDC Switchboard,Brown made a historic and significant announcement when he directed a state agency to replace an outdated and ineffective flammability standard, TB 117, with an updated standard that will eliminate the use of unnecessary and toxic chemicals while providing better fire safety. Governor Brown has taken a strong position that favors public health over corporate profits. This directive will have a significant public health impact by reducing exposure to toxic chemicals in not just California but across the U.S.
The Governor summarizes the issue: Toxic flame retardants are found in everything from high chairs to couches and a growing body of evidence suggests that these chemicals harm human health and the environment,” said Governor Brown. “We must find better ways to meet fire safety standards by reducing and eliminating—wherever possible—dangerous chemicals.