Flame retardants rely on chemical reactions that minimize the flammability of products. Flame retardants are used in couches and baby products, building insulation, carpets, drapes, personal computers, TV sets, car dashboards, electrical cables and many other products.
Surprisingly, chemicals like flame retardants are now showing up in water, wildlife and breast milk. It is a fact that flame retardants, called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are linked to hormone based diseases. Examples are thyroid disruption, advanced puberty and reduced fertility. This excludes other issues such as memory and learning problems, delayed mental and physical development, and lower IQ or even cancer. Sadly, these chemicals may not even reduce the flammability of treated products.
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