It just might be that your furniture is contributing to illnesses in you, your kids or your pets. The Friends of the Earth, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of environmental concerns, has recently tested 350 pieces of furniture and found that the ones produced in California have excessively high amount of Halogenated fire retardants. California has the country's strictest laws on flame retardants in furniture produced and sold within the state.
Halogenated fire retardants have been linked to cancer, birth defects, hormone disruption, reproductive and neurological disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, and reproductive problems. The halogenated fire retardants get into the air and are inhaled into via house dust. The chemicals then build up in body tissue and fat cells which then can be passed from mother to child via placenta, cord blood and breast milk. Not only are your children most at risk for the toxic effects of these flame retardant chemical, so are your dogs and cats. In fact, the EPA has recently found that domestic house cats have the greatest concentration of halogenated fire retardants in their bodies. This may help to explain the skyrocketing numbers of hyperthyroidism recently seen in house cats in the past 30 years. Hyperthyroidism is one of the leading causes of house cat death.
The study indicates that a large percentage of California furniture are off-gassing into our living environments creating a virtual toxic cloud of chemicals that we inhale and then store in our bodies affecting our health. California's strict fire retardant laws are unnecessary if alternative, less flammable and more natural materials are used in furniture manufacturing. In a study released in October 2007, California households have 3-8 times the concentration of chemicals in household dust compared to other states. On average US homes have 10 times the concentration of chemicals in households than that of European households. Maybe this fact is partially to blame for the fattening of Americans. Our exposure to hormone disruptors certainly play a role in the overweight American as do fast foods, sedentary lifestyles and junk food. Learn more about killer couches from this Download from Friends of the Earth.
If you live in California, write Assemblyman Mike Leno in support of AB706 the Crystal Golden-Jefferson Furniture Safety and Fire Prevention Act to keep dangerous chemicals off our furniture.Share on Facebook