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26 November 2013, 2:10 PM
Beginning in 2014, furniture no longer must be treated with toxics
Chemicals like those used in flame retardants in household furniture often escape as vapor or airborne particles. (PSR LA)

Chemical flame retardants, which are present in a wide array of household products, have been linked to cancer and developmental, neurological and reproductive problems. 

And chances are, if you are sitting on a padded chair or couch, it contains these noxious chemicals. To make matters worse, these chemicals are not sealed into the furniture and so they migrate into the air and attach to house dust. Most Americans, especially those living in California, have high body burden levels of flame retardants with children having the highest levels. Wastewater transports these chemicals into the outdoor environment where they have been detected in surface waters, sediments and wildlife around the globe. 

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