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  •  I remember in the 80s when (2+ / 0-)
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    teacherken, petral

    the push against manufacturers was that their products were dangerously flammable. Flame retardant chemicals were a great product for the chemical industry and I actually know an academic researcher who has spent his life researching and developing these types of compounds. The last few years though the new findings on the existing compounds has become  pretty damning and industry has been slow to act for obvious reasons. New, safer and more effective compounds have been in the pipelines for a couple years but people have been dragging their feet to squeeze revenue out of the old ones.

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      last starfighter, chimene

      and remember the film, with Robert Preston.  It was fun.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 06:11:11 AM PST

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    •  Tobacco companies wouldn't remove (1+ / 0-)
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      carcinogens from cigarettes because the lawyers said that would be admitting that they knew about them.  This could be another consideration in the foot dragging.

    •  There are old ones that work very well (4+ / 0-)
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      Chi, chimene, grollen, last starfighter

      Boric acid is safe, and is extremely effective in cotton and cellulose. It also happens to discourage rodents.  Boric acid is about as toxic as baking soda, but is very effective as a flame retardant - so effective that it is the primary flame retardant in cellulose (aka fluffed paper pulp) insulation.

      We had futons specially made for our children's cribs - organic cotton, treated with boric acid as the flame retardant. Since they weren't a "thing" at the time, they cost less than regular crib mattresses. I feel bad for parents today trying to get the same for their kids.

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