The European Union recently voted to ban toxic chemicals called organohalogen flame retardants in TV plastic casings starting April 2021.
While the U.S. began to take similar action, efforts have been stalled under the Trump Administration, leaving American families vulnerable.
TVs containing hazardous flame retardants in their plastic casings can release them into the air and dust—exposing a family in their own home.
Tell Best Buy, the #1 North American electronics retailer, to stop selling TVs with plastic containing toxic flame retardants families!
Recent testing by Toxic-Free Future and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families confirmed that the plastic casings of three out of three TVs purchased from Best Buy, including store brand Insignia TVs, contain these toxic chemicals.
And with the Trump administration dragging its feet on restricting toxic chemicals, we need retailers like Best Buy to lead the charge in safeguarding us from these harmful chemicals.
If European families will be getting TVs without these toxic chemicals, American families deserve the same. Best Buy has the power to make it happen–please join us in urging North America’s top electronics retailer to get toxic chemicals out of its TVs!
In 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a strong warning to manufacturers and retailers to stop producing and selling TVs with organohalogen flame retardants. . But so far Best Buy has NOT eliminated these hazardous chemicals, as our recent testing makes clear. Read more about the results from our “Toxic TV Binge” investigation here.
The presence of flame retardants in electronics also makes it much harder to recycle the plastic—adding to our global plastic waste crisis. The good news is that safer alternatives exist. Some companies are already using alternative chemicals or innovating to avoid flame retardant chemicals altogether. Electronics brands like Apple have done this for laptops–TV brands can innovate too!
The bottom line is that buying a TV shouldn’t pollute your home with toxic chemicals—or exacerbate the plastic waste crisis. Join us in urging Best Buy to protect Americans from an unnecessary source of toxics in TVs!