Top Tips for Avoiding toxic flame retardants

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning consumers, especially pregnant women and young children, to avoid kids’ products, electronics, mattresses, and home furniture that contain certain toxic flame retardants, known as organohalogens. Continue reading 

Ever wonder what taxi drivers and pregnant women have in common? Both were the subjects of fascinating research discussed at the Brominated Flame Retardant (BFR) conference in York, England last month, where I had the good fortune to be present. Disturbingly, new research is showing that increased use of a new generation of flame retardants is serious cause for concern.

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Any parent knows that when you have a new baby, you can accumulate a lot of baby gear—car seat, bassinet, changing pad, swing, and more. But new gear isn’t the only thing accumulating in the house. Researchers have found that the baby gets not just comfort from all that gear, but also cancer-causing flame retardants that escape from the foam and wind up in their bodies. Continue reading 

Just as many parents have long mused, Swedish researchers have confirmed that the sludge toddlers expel into their diapers IS, in fact, full of toxic waste.

We wish this was something from “The Onion”, but unfortunately it is real science, which should cause parents and lawmakers real concerns. Continue reading 

It’s always gratifying to see something you planted bearing fruit, isn’t it? That’s how we’re feeling at WTC these days. After being an instrumental part in passing Washington state’s landmark Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA), as well as a toxics-in-packaging law, we’re beginning to see just what is in the children’s products and packaging we bring into our homes. Continue reading 

After our recent study, Hidden Hazards In The Nursery, was released, we had many people contact us about one item in particular- the My Brest Friend nursing pillow. The My Brest Friend website stated that they did not use fire retardants in their foam, but the pillow we tested contained two flame retardants, TDCPP and TCPP. We are confident that our results are accurate. Continue reading