New Flame Retardants, Other Replacement Chemicals, Pose Same Problems As Predecessors

Posted by Candice Wynter, November 30, 2012

Elizabeth Crowe recently learned that the red couch in her family’s living room holds a toxic secret — hidden inside its foam filling is a toxic chemical that was removed from kid’s pajamas more than 30 years ago due to health dangers.

Crowe, who had been careful to choose her family’s couch from an eco-friendly line at a popular retailer, participated in a study published on Wednesday, which found that 85 percent of 102 couches tested across the U.S. contained toxic or untested flame retardant chemicals — at levels up to 11 percent the weight of the foam. The newer the couch, the more likely it was to be treated with the chemicals.

via New Flame Retardants, Other Replacement Chemicals, Pose Same Problems As Predecessors.