Here is an interesting video by Arlene Blum and the Green Science Policy Institute with a good introduction into the world of Fire Retardants. It is also worth mentioning that in the USA flame retardants are used in the fillings, but not the outer cover material. Here in the UK we use far greater amounts in our furniture.
Did you know that there is up to 7kg of antimony trioxide, organophosphate, chlorinated alkanes and decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE) and other flame retardant chemicals contained in virtually every household mattress in Britain?
Terry Edge was a senior civil servant who was given the job of re-writing the UK Furniture Fire Regulations. This was after the Government department responsible realised the current regulations did not work.
Government accused of stalling on action to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in homes The Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee has published its report on Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life today, setting out the growing problem of chemical pollution and a range of measures the Government should act upon with key recommendations.
The award-winning 2012 Chicago Tribune investigative ‘Playing With Fire’ Toxic Hot Seat threads together an intricate story of manipulation that details how Big Tobacco skilfully convinced fire safety officials to back a standard that, in effect, requires all furniture to be filled with toxic flame retardants.