Reports, Fact Sheets and On-line Resources about this significant source of children's exposure to toxic substances

House dust is now recognized as one of the most significant sources of childhood exposure to toxic substances. Studies have shown that house dust can contain a chemical soup including low levels of flame retardants, phthalates, organotin compounds, metals like lead, mercury and arsenic, pesticides, alkylphenols and perfluorinated compounds. Some of these chemicals are tracked in from outdoors but most originate from normal use and simple wear-and-tear on many different consumer products. Particularly for young children, activity such as crawling on the floor, hand-to-mouth activity, and putting toys or other objects in their mouths, increases their exposure. Many people find it surprising that very small amounts of these contaminants are found in house dust with higher levels in dryer lint and in the vacuum cleaner bag. 

Reports, Fact Sheets, On-line Resources

Media Releases

Nov 20, 2013

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

Apr 25, 2011

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)

Mar 27, 2009
Move by government to control DecaBDE welcomed by environmental groups
Jul 11, 2008
Backgrounder to July 10/08 Media Release from CELA, Ecojustice and David Suzuki Foundation
Feb 16, 2007
Legal complaint highlights gaping loopholes in proposed regulations.

Media release from Sierra Legal Defence Fund, Canadian Environmental Law Association and the David Suzuki Foundation
Aug 25, 2005
A paper presented at Toronto's "Dioxin 2005" conference suggests that levels of PBDEs in humans are overtaking levels of long-banned chemicals PCBs
Aug 25, 2005
New analysis by California EPA scientists suggests that toxic flame retardants known as PBDEs are becoming a major environmental health concern (media release from Northwest Environment Watch)