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Flame Retardants

Your Life Is the Lab: Toxic Chemicals in 5 Unexpected Places

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

When your child has a chronic health condition that threatens his life and well-being, you gain a sharp perspective on what's important in life.

Lynne Peeples

Firefighters Sound Alarm On Toxic Chemicals

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green

More than 200 empty pairs of firefighter boots lined the steps of the Rotunda in San Francisco's City Hall on Wednesday. Each pair represented a l...

Lynne Peeples

'Chemical Brain Drain' Threatens Future Generations, Experts Warn

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.14.2014 | Green

The number of industrial chemicals, heavy metals and pesticides proven capable of derailing normal brain development -- and robbing children and socie...

Lynne Peeples

Flame Retardant Fight Echoes Past Public Health Battles

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.07.2014 | Green

When chemical companies hired Grant Gillham in 2007 to manage a campaign in defense of flame retardants in couches and other consumer goods, Gillham r...

Lynne Peeples

Flame-Retardant Furniture May Leave A Toxic Legacy

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

Arlene Blum was trekking in the Himalayas when new regulations to reduce the pervasiveness of flame retardants hit the books on Jan. 1 -- more than se...

New Furniture Standard To Reduce Toxic Flame Retardants

Molly Rauch | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Molly Rauch

We will have to ask our retailers: Are you meeting the California flammability standard with chemicals in foam (i.e., business as usual)? Or are you meeting the standard through physical barriers instead?

'Green News Report' - December 10, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

'Green News Report' - December 5, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.04.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

'Green News Report' - December 3, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.02.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

Lynne Peeples

Flame-Retardant Chemicals Endanger Firefighters, Gymnasts

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green

Flame-retardant chemicals permeate the world, and the bodies of nearly every person. But a new film and a new scientific study point to two groups of ...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Quietly Withdraws Two Proposed Chemical Safety Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency this week quietly withdrew two draft rules dealing with the regulation of chemicals. The potential r...

Firefighters and Flame-Retardant Chemicals

Michael Green | Posted 05.22.2013 | Green
Michael Green

Given their daily life-saving service to our communities, shouldn't we all take one minute to help prevent avoidable illnesses to firefighters -- especially when this simple action will also help protect our children's and families' health?

We Need Toxic-free Fire Safety Now!

Molly Rauch | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green
Molly Rauch

We need to show California regulators that moms and dads everywhere support a modern, scientific standard that puts our children's and families' health first.

Hormones Out of Whack: The Global Threat From Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

Michael Green | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Green

I can imagine a world where children are not threatened by harmful chemicals in their daily lives, where simple acts of precaution are commonplace, and where our families' health matters more than short-term profits.

California Decides to Stop Poisoning Our Sofas

OnEarth | Posted 04.13.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Justine E. Hausheer, OnEarth Two years ago, Sarah Janssen biopsied her couch. After removing the cushion covers she cut out a square-inch chunk of...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...