Collection of information about toxicity and calls for regulatory action to ban these toxic chemicals
Flame retardants, in particular, polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs, are of serious concern to children's health. Like other well-known toxic substances like PCBs and dioxins, they are highly toxic and persistent in the environment. Measurements from around the world, including in Canada, show dramatic increases in these substances in the environment, in food, in house dust, and in breast milk. Also like PCBs and dioxins, these chemicals are harmful to children's developing brains.
Publications, fact sheets and on-line resources
The following resources include detailed and summary reports, literature reviews and fact sheets about flame retardants by public interest groups, government agencies and researchers in Canada and the United States.
News coverage on this issue
Independent tests reveal kids’ products contain chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and other serious health problems
Media Release from the Canadian Environmental Law Association
Carpet pads commonly sold to consumers in the USA, Canada and other developed countries contain dangerous chemicals that can cause nervous system damage, particularly in infants and toddlers.
Media Release from the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
Joint Media Release from Ecojustice, CELA and the David Suzuki Foundation
Media release from Sierra Legal Defence Fund, Canadian Environmental Law Association and the David Suzuki Foundation