In particular the Alliance calls on
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The process of identifying alternatives to flame retardants should include not only alternative chemicals but also innovative changes in the design of products, industrial processes, and other practices that do not require the use of any flame retardant.
« We have often heard the argument that « safe » FRs can be used to meet an open flame standard. Our research shows that the functionality required for a chemical to act as FR translates to a chemical or chemical mixture that is toxic and/or environmentally persistent. Moreover, the most economical FR used to meet open flame tests in upholstered furniture have a very high probability of being toxic and/or persistent.
There is a time lag of many years between the introduction of a « new » flame retardant and demonstration of its environmental and/or health consequences. While research is being conducted to investigate the hazard/safety of the flame retardants, that chemical is used to meet flammability standard in new products ».
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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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