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  •  Retardant Registry? (0+ / 0-)

    Where can we look up products we have or are considering buying to see whether they contain these poisons?

    Sure, they've got tags, but we often cut them off (or they're cut off before being received as gifts), or are hard to squinty read, or are inside the box at the store etc.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 06:44:08 AM PST

    •  Here's a List of Poisoned Products & Action (3+ / 0-)
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      goodpractice, Chi, grollen

      The Center for Environmental Health this year published a report, Playing on Poisons: Harmful Flame Retardants in Children’s Furniture, of their scientific studies that details the risks of these fire "retardants", with clear background and even a list of toys indicating whether they contain certain retardants. It's a fairly short list, but it's a start.

      It also recommends reading any "TB 117-2013" label on the product, which discloses these chemical ingredients. Note: the old "TB 117" (not "TB 117-2013") labels are inadequate, and a new "TB 117-2014" label seems a step backwards.

      From the report (which is easy to read and full of valuable info to share):

      What You Can Do
      Parents:

      • Purchase products made without polyurethane foam. Opt
      for products made of polyester, wool, cotton or down.
      • Children’s furniture alternative options include: wood
      furniture, products filled with cotton, wool, or polyester fiber - fill, and canvas sling chairs.
      • Avoid products that have a TB 117 label as these are likely to contain flame retardant chemicals.
      • For products with a TB 117-2013 label: Read the label
      carefully to see if it says whether flame retardants are present. If the label does not indicate this, call the store manager or manufacturer and ask if the product contains flame retardant chemicals.
      • Be a wary consumer of deeply discounted furniture.
      Manufacturers are allowed to sell their old TB 117 inventory indefinitely -- until their stock runs out. Ask companies if their products are free of flame retardants.
      • Check CEH’s website: As CEH learns which products do
      not contain flame retardant chemicals or which manufacturers have removed them, we will note this on our website: http:/ www.ceh.org...

      • Wash your hands and your children’s hands often, especially before eating or after handling dryer lint or changing a vacuum cleaner bag.
      • Vacuum or wet mop often. Use a HEPA vacuum cleaner if available.

      Everyone:

      • Support state efforts to provide toxic-free fire safety (see details on the next page). Take action to support flame retardant free furniture and baby products:
      http://www.ceh.org/get-involved/take-action/content/we-cant-wait-another-year-for-safer-products/
      • Support efforts to fix our nation’s outdated and ineffective chemical policy regulations.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 07:04:19 AM PST

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