These chemicals are being used as replacements for organohalogen flame retardants under the incorrect assumption that they’re safe. This paper concludes with a call to end all nonessential uses of organophosphate esters.
A worrying but fascinating article from Chemsec this week, which focuses on the hormone disrupting chemicals, such as Flame Retardants, and their effects on human fertility. The article also points out that the lack of knowledge and regulation inevitably creates ‘a hotbed for “regrettable substitution”, making it easy for the manufacturing industry to switch from one banned chemical to an unregulated “cousin”.’. At Cottonsafe®, we wonder if this is the case for so called bio-based or ‘green’ flame retardants?
We've had several enquiries about various new chemical-free bio-based flame retardant treatments and coatings for natural mattresses being sold by other companies (such as M-Pure), which claim to be made purely from natural sources.