Topic: Flame Retardants

Fulfilling the EPA’s Mission, In Spite of Pruitt


Last week, the Senate approved Donald Trump’s pick of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new chief Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in a 52-46 vote, mostly along party lines. In the end, Senator Susan Collins from Maine was the only Republican who voted no (you can thank her via twitter @SenatorCollins for…

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Car Seats’ Hidden Hazard


Environmental Justice Fellow, Center for Environmental Health In the summer of 2017, my sister will give birth to her first child. She will be the first of our five siblings to become a parent. My excitement to become an uncle grows daily; I know that when the baby is born, my life will take on…

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Choosing a Chemical Flame-Retardant Free Campus


By Heather Henriksen, Director, Harvard Office for Sustainability and Joe Allen, Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment Today, Harvard becomes the first university in the nation to sign a pledge…

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Toxic Hot Seat – Now Available to Download


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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Starting Early for Safety from Flame Retardants


A guest post from CEH fan and new dad Eric Wright When we found out we were getting ready to have a baby we had very little knowledge of baby products. The only thing we knew was to go to Babies R’ Us or Buy Buy Baby and buy what looked good. Once there we…

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Supporter Spotlight: Jean Hansen


Jean Hansen is the Sustainable Interiors Manager for the global architecture firm, HDR Architecture. She’s been a great supporter of CEH for many years, both as an employee sponsor of the HDR grant application and also as a partner with CEH on safer furniture purchasing for businesses, healthcare facilities, and interior designers. Jean has also supported…

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Flame Retardant-Free Furniture? These Companies Are Moving Toward Safer Products


In January, we shared the news about the Center for Environmental Health’s landmark legal agreements that aim to end the use of harmful flame retardant chemicals in foam furniture and children’s products from Playtex, West Elm, and other leading companies. Today, we’re giving you the information you need to protect your family and shop smarter:…

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The Last of the Killer Couches


I have hated my couch ever since I found out that it contained a cancer-causing flame retardant chemical.  I have longed to get rid of it, but I felt stuck because virtually all furniture also has toxic and/or untested flame retardant chemicals. But now I see light at the end of the tunnel (and I also…

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Watch CEH in HBO’s “Toxic Hot Seat” on November 25, 9pm!


Toxic Hot Seat, an HBO film by James Redford and Kirby Walker, tells the story of the ineffective and toxic chemical flame retardants that lurk in everything from our furniture to our children’s nap mats. CEH’s work and Executive Director Michael Green are featured in the film. Take a peak at the trailer! Premieres on…

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Dodgers, Angels May Contain High Levels of Flame Retardant Chemicals


April 1, 2013 Oakland, CA – According to a recent study, players on both Los Angeles Major League Baseball teams, the Dodgers and the Angels may contain high levels of toxic flame retardant chemicals usually found in furniture, including most couches in American homes. “We fear for the health and safety of the LA ball…

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