These chemicals are full-fledged members of the endocrine disruptor family. They have routinely been added to consumer products for over 30 years in an effort to reduce fire-related injury and property damage. Now the widespread use of flame retardants in products like furniture, household electronics, sleepwear and mattresses is cause for concern. Recent studies show their presence in fish, meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables and even infant formula. Flame retardants have been found at exponentially-increasing levels in blood, breastmilk, and umbilical cord blood.
So we all agree that we can’t avoid flame retardants, but are there safer alternatives? The answer is yes – but it’s not that simple. Join us for an in-depth series as we help you navigate through the world of toxic flame retardants and their safer counterparts.
A preview of what we’ll be covering in upcoming articles (and new local class for Kansas City folks):
- Types of flame retardants widely used in US market: brominated, chlorinated and non-halogenated
- Where they are typically found
- How they bio-accumulate to cause long-term health damage
- Specific health concerns caused by over-exposure
- Which are least toxic
- Tips for reducing exposure
NOTE: We’ve launched the series! Click below to get started learning now: