Taking A Stand Against Flame retardants

As a new mother to my now 15 month old toddler boy, I see the world differently. It took some time for my husband and I to get pregnant, but when we did, everything I put inside my body and all environmental surroundings were checked twice and looked at to see if it was safe. I bought 10 books just on pregnancy, and then when I had my child, I bought 10 more just for the first year. I became that mom I use to look at and laugh at. But, now that I am a mom, I understand why moms are so nervous about their babies health. The world is a danger zone with chemicals all around it. This is not just the dirt or germs in the bathroom. There are dangers in the home, and even in the babies room!

The more I learned through research and studies, pregnant women, babies, the sick, and the elderly really are the most vulnerable.

 There are so many flame retardants and pesticides in mattresses, I was shocked. This was my first lightbulb reaction when researching things while I was pregnant.  There are so many, but this post will be about mattresses.

The flame retardants that are put into furniture and mattresses have been proven to cause birth defects, cancer, and many more deadly and harmful side effects. Living in California I have always been proud to live here. I have always felt that as for many of the other states in the US...I believed and still believe that California is a state full of residents that are very Eco-Conscious. There are other states that are as well, including New York.  California has proven to be very active in voting for Props to help protect California residents from toxins like prop 65.

I recently wrote an article about flame retardants that was released in Yahoo news:

With growing concern with flame-retardants in upholstered furniture, The Futon Shop(TFS) gives consumers the choice and voice to purchase a chemical free futon sofa bed. TFS manufactures organic futon sofa beds free from any of the harmful chemicals listed from Prop 65. TFS, a futon mattress company that has been around since 1976, sees Californians in a real harmful situation because although TB117 has the best intention to protect people from fires in the home, the result has been more dangerous flame-retardants in upholstered furniture. TB117 states that all foam in upholstered furniture and baby products must withstand exposure to a small open flame for 12 seconds. But as a result, harmful flame-retardants are not being regulated and added to furniture with out the consumers knowledge.

In 2011, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added tris phosphate (TDCPP), a popular flame retardant in furniture to the Prop 65 list. And now the updated 2013 list has more fire retardants. For example, according to a recent Furniture Today article, written April 16, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a notice that BPA is a monomer used in manufacturing most polycarbonate plastics, which is a popular chemical in most flame-retardants.
To read more about the value of a: toxic free sofabed-


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