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.