A report from the Endocrine Disruptors Action Group (EDAction) is highlighting how Canadian regulations have failed to keep harmful flame retardant chemicals out of homes and consumer products. This is quite alarming considering that Canadian regulations are known to be much more stringent than here in the United States and the result of the report gives us pause to look around our home and identify items that could be posing us harm.
The main argument made within the report is that regulatory loopholes have allowed for toxic chemicals to be designed into consumers everyday lives. See the graphic below for examples of where these may be lurking in your own home.
Although regulations have largely prohibited PCBs, the most common flame retardant that is known to be toxic, manufacturers are utilizing loopholes to get around using them in products that are in our homes today.
This is just another underscored example as to why it is so important to be aware of the chemicals and materials that go into the products you purchase for your home. From carpets, to furniture and textiles, and building materials.
Be aware, and do your research. Sometimes, answer may be difficult to come by. We hope to expand future coverage into furniture lines and products that are committed to eliminating these unhealthy contaminants from their products and look forward to bring you more information on that in the coming months.
Image from Toxic By Design (2016) report. Illustration by Adam Cross. CC