For many chemicals, diet is the primary concern. Not so for most flame retardant chemicals. But how are we exposed?
- Chemicals leak from products into dust
- Dust gets on hands and food
- Hands and food get put into mouths
On a sunny day, walk into your living room and pound on your sofa. Warning, you may want to wear a mask. The dust you see floating in the air that we like to call “dust moats” is likely laced with flame retardant chemicals.
An average American home can contain pound levels of these chemicals. Sadly, they have been detected in the bodies of nearly all North Americans tested.
The Green Science Policy Institute tested nursing pillows, car seats, sleeping wedges, portable crib mattresses, baby carriers, strollers, and changing table pads. 80% of the products we tested contained toxic or untested ﬂame retardants.
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