Lead can be found in paint, water, soil, dust, and other materials. Exposure to lead can cause lifelong effects in children, including brain damage and developmental delays. The good news is that we can help prevent lead poisoning with early detection of lead in homes. Continue reading
Over the last year, as more and more shoppers demand products without toxic flame retardants, several furniture manufacturers and retailers have announced they are no longer using toxic flame retardants in their products. While this is a good thing, we wanted to find out how the rest of the market was doing. We dispatched our secret shoppers to neighborhood retailers to investigate. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Maia Thomas, a student in the University of Washington Executive Master of Public Health program.
New research over the last several years is beginning to create a scientific consensus: America’s thirty-year love affair with toxic flame retardants has left a disturbing legacy that threatens our children’s brain development. Here is a summary of recent research along with steps you can take to protect your child. Continue reading
Toxic flame retardants in your couch and TV aren’t only bad for your health, these chemicals may also be making salmon sick—that’s what northwest researchers found out in two new studies. Continue reading
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
Editor’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
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
The football Seahawks are flying high to the Super Bowl! As Seahawks fans celebrate, the bird Seahawks (aka osprey) have something to celebrate too: lower levels of the toxic flame retardants PBDEs in birds and other wildlife. Continue reading
CNN aired this excellent report by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the safety of chemical flame retardants. It chronicles the chemical industry’s nefarious tactics to defeat state legislation that would keep these toxic chemicals out of 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