Furniture Should be Safe!

Virtually every Californian tested has been found to have chemicals used in furniture construction – brominated and chlorinated fire retardants (BFRs and CFRs) – stored in their bodies, with babies showing the highest levels.

Scientists say that the health costs of these chemicals are serious — cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities, mental retardation and endocrine disruption. In addition to the toxic effects seen in humans, these chemicals have also been detected at high concentrations in animals and fish, as well as marine mammals such as dolphins and harbor seals, indicating that they are already accumulating in the food chain and in marine wildlife. 

It’s time to change California law to ban use of these chemicals in furniture.  Write your state senators now and urge them to pass AB706.

 


July 18, 2018

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