SIDEWAYS with Matthew Syed ‘The Endurance of Arlene Blum’. BBC Radio 4
On 3rd November 2021, Arlene Blum was on Radio 4 speaking with Matthew Syed on her studies as a chemist, actively fighting for the removal of toxic chemicals and flame retardants from people’s homes in the US. Whilst making a significant change in the US with the banning of flame retardants, she says she is turning her attention to their removal from furniture in the UK.
A fascinating programme, with our hope that Arlene will highlight this toxic issue and bring it to the UK public’s attention. The fact that the UK furniture industry uses a far greater quantity of flame retardant chemicals than in the US (flame retardant chemicals are used on the outer fabrics as well as the foam inside the product in the UK) means she has another fight on her hands. We will be right beside her.