The Latest On: Flame Retardants
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Calls for Removal of a Class of Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products
"It is widely understood now that these chemicals provide no safety purpose in the products we're targeting," said Eve Gartner, an attorney for Earthjustice who helped prepare the petition. "There is no legitimate reason for allowing them in our homes."
“The goal of the flame retardants is to give you a little bit of extra time [in a fire],” said Eve Gartner, a New York-based staff attorney for nonprofit environmental justice/advocacy organization, Earthjustice. “The California standard …required that the foam part of the furniture could withstand a small open flame for 10 seconds before your chair goes up in flames. But studies showed [the chemicals] don’t really give you that extra time.”