THE TRUTH ABOUT FLAME RETARDANTS
Flame retardants are found in a variety of household products despite evidence they put people’s health at risk.
“We spend up to 90% of our time indoors – in our homes, our offices or at school. However, studies show that indoor environment can be more polluted and therefore worse for our health than air outdoors. Worrying harmful chemical pollutants such as flame retardants have been routinely found in dust. Children, particularly babies and toddlers playing on floors, are specifically vulnerable to ingesting these pollutants through breathing in or eating dust”.
“Flame retardant chemicals are linked to a number of disorders, including fertility problems, brain development disorders, neurotoxicity, thyroid effects and cancer. Many of them are endocrine-disrupting chemicals, interfering with hormone signalling in the body and can therefore affect health in many ways. Long term exposure occurring in homes and offices poses uncontrolled and involuntary risks.”
There is no need to choose between fire safety and preventing exposure to hazardous flame retardants. The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture is calling on the European Commission and the EU Member States to harmonise furniture flammability requirements at a level that would not lead to flame retardants use, considering health and environmental risks.
A safe fire safety is possible.
The European Furniture Industries Confederation
The European Environmental Bureau
European bedding industries’ association
The European Federation of Building and Woodworkers
Cancer Prevention Society
The Cancer Prevention & Education Society
The European Fire Fighters Unions Alliance
Zero Waste Europe
Zero Waste Europe
Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation
Health and Environment Alliance
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The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture in Europe consists of stakeholders ranging from environmental and health NGOs to industry, cancer organisations, fire fighters and labour unions.
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