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Flame Retardants

Toxic-Free Furniture In our Future - Newly Proposed California Regulations Will Improve our Health and Fire Safety

Sarah Janssen | Posted 04.10.2013 | Green
Sarah Janssen

Usually draft regulations released on a Friday get little fanfare, but a new draft furniture flammability standard, TB 117-2013, released today is a r...

For Some Chemicals, Less Is More

Michael Green | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Green

For decades many scientists have believed that "the dose makes the poison" -- a chemical may be harmless in small amounts but devastating in higher amounts. But this latest research demonstrates that endocrine-disrupting chemicals act differently than other substances.

Dangerous Dust Bunnies:
How to Avoid Flame Retardants

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Robin Dodson, of Silent Spring Institute Did you know that consumer products like furniture, textiles, and electronics often conta...

The Flame Retardant Story the Chemical Industry Didn't Want You to Hear

Michael Green | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
Michael Green

News reports on our findings began to raise the alarm. Following November news stories on a study that found Tris in couches nationwide, the national news media showed interest in CEH's baby products findings. The flame retardant industry was in crisis mode. What were they to do?

My Toxic Couch

Sarah Janssen | Posted 02.09.2013 | Green
Sarah Janssen

Have you ever wondered what chemicals might lurk in your couch? I did and so I decided to participate in a study, just published, which analyzed what kinds of flame retardant chemicals are being used in upholstered furniture.

Breathing Queasy: My Carcinogenic Couch

Molly Rauch | Posted 01.29.2013 | Parents
Molly Rauch

Today, a team of scientists from Duke and UC Berkeley told me what's actually inside those cushions I so carefully selected. Despite the clean lines and comfy factor, it turns out that what's inside those cushions is not so pretty.

Lynne Peeples

Safer Substitutes Or Toxic Treadmill? Alternative Chemicals Pose Same Dangers As Predecessors | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.28.2012 | Green

Elizabeth Crowe recently learned that the red couch in her family's living room holds a toxic secret -- hidden inside its foam filling is a toxic chem...

'Breasts': An Interview With Author Florence Williams

Molly Rauch | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents
Molly Rauch

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I sat down recently with Florence Williams, author of the book, BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History, to talk about breast health and what's really in our breast milk.

Safe Home, Healthy Pets

Wendy Gordon | Posted 11.28.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Their lives are spent playing on lawns and sleeping on floors and as a consequence often have higher exposures to lawn and garden pesticides and to harmful chemicals in household products that can accumulate in dust. With these common exposures come shared risk.

Lynne Peeples

Reversing The Burden Of Proof: Senate Addresses Toxic Flame Retardants In Kids' Environment | Lynne Peeples | Posted 07.24.2012 | Green

The numbers can overwhelm any parent, or parent-to-be. Ninety-nine percent of pregnant American woman carry multiple manmade chemicals in their bo...

Graco Commits to Banning Toxic Flame Retardants from Children's Products

Margie Kelly | Posted 09.18.2012 | Parents
Margie Kelly

We've got great news today! Graco, one of the nation's largest children's products manufacturers, has committed to banning four of the most toxic flame retardants from all of their products.

Lynne Peeples

Chemistry Lessons: Living With Rachel Carson's Legacy | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.22.2012 | Green

This story originally appeared in Issue 6 of our new weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, in the iTunes App store. As you read this, a menagerie...

California Acts to Make Couches Safer

Margie Kelly | Posted 09.08.2012 | Parents
Margie Kelly

Virtually every couch in America has been infused with pounds of toxic chemicals due to a little known California regulation that has become the de facto standard for the country.

'Green News Report' - June 21, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Good news ...

Can Governor Brown Snuff Out Flame Retardants?

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 08.20.2012 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

I never thought much about where we spend most of our leisure time -- in bed or on the couch -- until I started learning the frightening truth about dangerously toxic flame retardants.

'Green News Report' - June 19, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.19.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: A nuclear...

Lynne Peeples

State Legislators Accuse Flame Retardant Industry Of 'Lies' About Lobbying Efforts | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.08.2012 | Green

The television advertisement opened with a blazing fire and the words "Dangerous" and "Deadly" across the screen in bold letters. A narrator soon adds...

Lynne Peeples

Moms Descend On Congress To Urge Toxic Chemical Reform | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.22.2012 | Green

Christine Nienstedt is a fairly typical mom. Her time is stretched thin between work and her kids' soccer games -- and navigating the array of toxic c...

More Kids at Risk for Lead Poisoning

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 07.22.2012 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

After the CDC lowered the threshold at which a child is at risk for lead poisoning by half last week, the number of children under 6 who are now considered at risk jumped from 77,000 to 442,000.

Business Fights Back -- "No More Mr. Nice Guy!"

Norman Lear | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business
Norman Lear

The charges against flame retardant manufacturers have to be hogwash! Just another cheap shot against Big Business. How can so many people, and Americans no less, knowingly turn out a product capable of doing such dastardly harm? Impossible!

Irresponsible Care: National Children's Study Faces changes That May Put Children's Health at Greater Risk

Nancy Chuda | Posted 07.21.2012 | Green
Nancy Chuda

Public health advocates have long pushed for stronger standards on flame retardants, and, in particular, those containing polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs), citing studies that suggest they cause harmful health effects -- especially in children.

Flame Retardant Industry: Using Tobacco Industry Tactics to Promote the Asbestos of Our Time

Michael Green | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
Michael Green

The Chicago Tribune found that the three leading makers of fire retardant chemicals have for decades used deception and phony "citizen's groups" to mislead the public, legislators and regulators about the efficacy and safety of their products.

TIME Raises A Ruckus & Safer Cosmetics Makes History

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 07.15.2012 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff Executive Director & CEO Healthy Child Healthy World TIME raised a ruckus recently with a profile of "...

Flame Retardants Secrets & Lies

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 07.14.2012 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

The flame retardants' industry star witness lied in testimony that was "part of a decades-long campaign of deception that has loaded the furniture and...

Lynne Peeples

Japan Tsunami Anniversary: Could Tiny Bits Of Plastic In The Ocean Threaten Our Health? | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.11.2012 | Green

One year after a massive tsunami ravaged the east coast of Japan, much attention is focused on the bottles, refrigerators and other debris washed out ...