Tag: toxic flame retardants

Toxic Hot Seat – Now Available to Download

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Last fall, HBO premiered the documentary “Toxic Hot Seat,” which includes clips from an interview with CEH Executive Director Michael Green. The film, now available to download, takes us on a journey with a courageous group of firefighters, mothers, journalists, scientists, politicians, and activists who fight together to expose the decades-long disinformation campaign by chemical…

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So What’s the Problem? Challenges in the Fight against Toxic Flame Retardants

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Opposition to the use of chemical flame retardants has gained extraordinary momentum in just the past few months.  Catalyzed by a stunning exposé by the Chicago Tribune  and fed by a flood of ensuing media coverage, CEH and our allies have rallied scientists, doctors, activists, and community members.  Scientists have linked flame retardant exposure to…

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Flame Retardant Makers and Their Three Stooges

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What do the Three Stooges have to do with harmful chemicals in our furniture and baby products? If you’ve been following our blogs and the coverage of harmful flame retardants in the news lately, you know that the chemical companies that make flame retardants–namely Albermarle, Israeli Chemical Limited, and Chemtura–have their own 3 stooges fighting…

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Flame Retardants linked to Autism? Yet Another Reason I Want FRs Out of My Couch

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Crossposted from Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS) blog, by Natalie Dayton. Last summer I had the privilege of working with one of the most inspiring, fun-loving groups in the world: children. I spent three warm summer months creating fond memories, sharing enriching experiences, expanding knowledge, and growing with these children. Over the course of my…

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Laying Down the Evidence: Toxic Flame Retardants in Mattress Pads

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Flame retardant chemicals are a $4 billion a year industry, and the companies that produce these often harmful compounds want to keep it that way, regardless of the health and environmental consequences of their products. This makes it even more important to review Elizabeth Grossman’s roundup of evidence showing that flame retardants can accumulate in…

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Greenwash of the Month: Chemical Company Poses as Supporter of Safe Chemicals Act

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Is your chemical company getting a lot of flak for all those nasty health problems that the toxic chemicals you produce have been causing? Don’t worry!  Follow the steps below to see a great chemical company marketing tactic guide that’s sure to gain your corporation better standing as a trusted, sustainable entity:  1. Pose as…

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Only YOU (Not Flame Retardants) Can Prevent Fires

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Did Smokey Bear ever mention that many flame retardants are extremely toxic and are added to an unnecessary amount of our everyday items? We’re exposed to toxic flame retardants not just in our furniture, baby products, electronics and other everyday items, but also in our food, air, and water.  Flame retardants have a nasty habit…

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Flaming Mad About Risky Chemicals in Baby Products

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In a paper published last month, Duke University researcher Heather Stapleton and colleagues collected and tested foam from 101 baby products, including changing table pads, nursing pillows, car seats, and others. The research for the first time analyzed baby products for the presence of chemical flame retardants, including chemicals that are banned, known to be…

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Stop Toxic Flame Retardants in Baby Products

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Most most baby carriers, car seats, portable cribs, and other baby products contain untested synthetic flame retardants that pose serious health risks.  These flame retardants are unsafe and unnecessary! Urge Gov. Brown:  Take Action against Risky, Untested Flame Retardant Chemicals!

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Flame Retardants in Baby Products: CEH's Mary Brune featured in SF Chronicle

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“Eighty percent of baby products—from car seats to nursing pillows and portable cribs—contain flame retardants that are untested or known to be toxic”, according to a new study published in Environmental Science and Technology on Wednesday. The study, led by Duke University researcher Heather Stapleton and colleagues, collected and tested foam from 101 baby products,…

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