Screening finds toxic flame retardants on Babies"R"Us shelves after they're no longer required (and were never needed). Meanwhile, buybuy BABY won't sell products with the worst FRs and is labeling FR-free items.
Toys"R"Us has posted an update to their website indicating that they have flagged concerns about toxic chemicals in baby products to their vendors, citing lists developed in Maine, Washington, and California. They stop short of creating a formal Restricted Substances list. Read about it here:
We expect to walk into a store focused on baby products and find that everything on the shelves is safe and non-toxic. How are the nation's top retailers doing? This new report finds that while buybuy BABY has taken some important steps, including their Restricted Substances List, Babies"R"Us has fallen behind. Read the full report here:
Getting Ready for Baby applauds the move by Buy Buy Baby and its publicly-traded parent company, Bed Bath & Beyond, to move its suppliers to transition away from toxic chemicals linked to a wide range of health problems. Bed Bath & Beyond has developed a new “Restricted Substances List” (RSL) of chemicals of potential concern for human health and the environment.
Children's furniture is loaded with toxic and untested flame retardants, reports the Center for Environmental Health and allies across the nation in a new publication, Playing on Poison. The good news is a few manufacturers have stopped using the unneccesary toxic additives. The bad news? Others have just switched to new, unknown chemicals.
A new report evaluates how infant crib mattress manufacturers meet flammabilty standards and how well retailers do in providing information to consumers. The good news is that four crib mattress makers have redesigned some or all of their mattresses to avoid chemicals and added barriers. The bad news is that retailers don't provide enough information for a shopper to identify safer products.
65 organizations sent letters to buybuyBABY and Babies"R"Us, asking them to remove hazardous chemicals from products they sell. You can read the full letters here (pdf):
In 2011, Clean and Healthy New York issued a report, The Mattress Matters: Protecting Babies from Toxic Chemicals While They Sleep. You can download a copy here.