If you’ve ever eaten a pizza, put on a raincoat, or wiped up a spill on your stain-resistant carpet, you’ve most likely experienced the miraculous properties of a class of chemicals used to make non-stick, waterproof, and stain resistant coatings. While they might keep our pizza fresh, our bodies dry, and our carpets free of stains, scientists say these chemicals have put consumers’ health in a sticky situation. Continue reading 

Liz ZimmerlyEditor’s Note: This post was written by Liz Zimmerly, Seattle mom and participant in our recent study on toxic flame retardants, Something’s In The Air

Breathing. It’s something we do on average between 17,000 and 23,000 times a day. I used to not even think about breathing. But I’ve been thinking about this life necessity a lot lately now I know each breath I take is contaminated with toxic flame retardants from foam items in my home. Continue reading 

In an effort to put an end to a summer of bad publicity, the makers of toxic flame retardants recently announced that they have severed ties with the now infamous front group of their own creation, Citizens For Fire Safety.  But even though they’ve abandoned their front group, don’t be fooled! This latest move is nothing more than putting lipstick on a pig. Continue reading 

The CPSC “We did not find flame retardants in foam to provide any significant protection [from fire]”

On Saturday, while sitting at my computer waiting to take my son to baseball practice, I was stunned to read that the main “expert” who opposed our Toxic-Free Kids Act had actually fabricated stories about burn victims in testimony to elected officials in other states—and been caught in the act by the Chicago Tribune. I am used to seeing the powerful chemical industry spend millions of dollars to protect widespread use of their chemical products, but the use of outright deceit marks a new low in their practices. Continue reading 

Front Group: An organization that purports to be independent voluntary association or charitable organization, but actually serves the interest of the sponsoring party whose identity is often hidden. Certain front groups are seemingly grassroots-based coalitions that are actually funded by an industry trade association or public relations firm. Continue reading