Tag - flame retardants

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Flame Retardants: Friends or Foes?
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Stay Informed: The Accurate Labeling Act
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The Truth About Flame Retardants in Mattresses
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Lonely Whale: An Interview with Adrian Grenier
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12 Common Toxins That Can Harm Your Child’s Health
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Ask Naturepedic: Aren’t You Required to Have Flame Retardants By Law?
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Preschools and Flame Retardants: An Unwanted Connection
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3 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Healthiest Home Yet
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Flame Retardant Chemicals: Here, There and Everywhere
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California’s SB1019 Requires Disclosure of Flame Retardants in Furniture

Flame Retardants: Friends or Foes?

Once upon a time, furniture and textiles were made using natural materials. Couches, mattresses, rugs, curtains—they all consisted of materials found in nature. “When you walked into a house back then, almost everything was natural,”  says Barry Cik, environmental engineer and co-founder of Naturepedic. “But now? Nothing is natural.” What changed? Where did we go wrong? Why did companies stop using natural materials? If you’re into pointing fingers or placing blame, you can (fairly) point towards petroleum and money. “Companies started adding petroleum to almost everything. Natural fibers aren’t nearly as flammable, but petroleum is much cheaper.” Check out this video to see the difference between a modern home fire with petroleum-based furnishings and a legacy home fire with more natural furnishings: Petroleum can be found in TV cabinets, plastic wood, detergents, paint, toilet seats, furniture, etc. (Click here for a list of more petroleum-based products that may shock you.) Because it is common in so many products, America saw[…]

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Stay Informed: The Accurate Labeling Act

We understand our consumers. Most of the people who love the Naturepedic brand are health-conscious and appreciate transparency, especially when it comes to making purchases. When we find information that could help our friends make the best possible decisions for their own families, we feel that it is our responsibility to share that information. It has been brought to our attention that a new bill will soon be voted on—The Accurate Labels Act (H.R. 6022.) The Accurate Labels Act is introduced and sponsored by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R) – Ill. The Overview of the proposed bill states: To amend the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act to require that Federal and State mandated information declarations and labeling requirements applicable to the chemical composition of, and radiation emitted by, consumer products meet minimum scientific standards to deliver accurate and clear information, and for other purposes. At a time when consumers are demanding more transparency when it comes to products they use in[…]

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The Truth About Flame Retardants in Mattresses

“Everyone has a fear of fire.” These words start the trailer for HBO’s documentary Toxic Hot Seat, a 2013 film exploring the overwhelming presence of flame retardant chemicals in homes, humans, animals, and ecosystems around the globe. How did they get into nearly everything we buy? What are they for, and are they really helping? You’ll find flame retardants in mattresses, couches, car seats, electronics, and building insulation. On the surface, they seem to make sense. Of course we want to reduce the risk of potential fires. However, flame retardants are a very controversial ingredient used in consumer products because they come with potential health risks. Toxic flame retardant exposure builds up in the body and has been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, cardiovascular disease, cognitive delays, and decreased fertility. Flame retardant chemicals affect people and animals both inside and outside the home. Babies and children are especially at risk due to their still-developing bodies and endocrine systems. Read more:[…]

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Lonely Whale: An Interview with Adrian Grenier

At Naturepedic, we’re big fans of customer and friend Adrian Grenier, whose charity work with The Lonely Whale is changing the way people think about our world’s oceans. He has been making small changes in his life and inspiring others to do the same, including sleeping organic on a Naturepedic! Those small steps add up to a big environmental impact. In honor of Earth Month, we got in touch with Adrian to ask him some questions about his commitment to sustainability and environmentalism. Why do you sleep on a Naturepedic mattress? When I joined the Lonely Whale team I started studying how products we use every day affect ocean health. One of the biggest was mattresses. I learned that most commercial mattresses use flame retardants. These chemicals show up in sea creatures, particularly dolphins and killer whales who collect the chemicals in their blubber. What’s even more devastating is that these chemicals are bioaccumulative, which means they stick around and build[…]

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12 Common Toxins That Can Harm Your Child’s Health

To help keep parents informed we have created a list of 12 common toxins that can harm your child’s health. From known carcinogens, VOCs, endocrine disruptors and more: These toxins show up in a variety of children’s products. Shockingly, 9 out of 12 listed are frequently found in crib mattresses! Luckily, there is a crib mattress brand that has left out all of the potentially harsh chemicals: 1. Certified organic cotton fabric and filling 2. Food-grade polyethylene waterproofing 3. Steel innersprings or food-grade polyethylene support What’s not in a Naturepedic? 1. Polyurethane foam or any version of it (so-called eco, bio-based, soybean foams) 2. Formaldehyde potentially found in polyurethane foam or flame retardant chemicals 3. Flame retardants of any kind including “natural” flame barriers that use antimony or boric acid 4. Waterproofing agents such as PVC with phthalates or PFCs 5. Antibacterial treatments, pesticides or biocides 6. Latex, Coir with Latex, Wool or other potentially allergenic materials You can download[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: Aren’t You Required to Have Flame Retardants By Law?

This is a common misconception. We are required to pass all State and Federal testing, but we are not required to use a flame barrier to do so. The primary filling material used in most mattresses (but never Naturepedic) is polyurethane foam – a highly flammable petroleum-based material. Due to its high flammability, polyurethane foam is typically treated or wrapped with fire retardant chemicals. Some of these chemicals introduce health and toxicity concerns. In fact, most manufacturers don’t even disclose their fire retardant ingredients. At Naturepedic, we don’t like harsh chemicals, and we certainly don’t like fire retardant chemicals! We consider the best form of fire protection to be superior product design that avoids the need for these chemicals in the first place. Organic cotton, for example, is a far superior filling material because it is significantly less flammable. Through extensive research and creative product design, we’ve eliminated the need for fire retardant chemicals and flame retardant barriers in our[…]

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Preschools and Flame Retardants: An Unwanted Connection

Flame retardant chemicals show up everywhere, and in places never intended: rivers, wildlife … and children. Flame retardant chemicals have been linked to a variety of potential health and developmental problems that include cancer and damage to the bodies’ hormonal systems. Children appear to be at particularly risk for a variety of reasons. Not only do they spend large amounts of time laying down on mattresses, pads and floors, they also have frequent hand-to-mouth contact which hastens the introduction of rogue chemicals into their systems. Parents are now beginning to seek safer products for the home, like Naturepedic mattresses that are made without flame retardant chemicals. Still, what about nurseries and preschools? Babies and young children can spend as much as 50 hours every week in preschools or childcare. Recognizing a lack of available scientific data on the preschool environment, a group of researchers from key institutions including the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH), Batelle Memorial Institute,[…]

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3 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Healthiest Home Yet

The daunting chore of spring cleaning marks an opportunity to make your home less toxic. There are many hidden hazardous chemicals in common cleaning products and household items—from glass cleaner to hand soap to your living room sofa—so we’ve compiled a short to-do list to help make your home safer. This list is not extensive, but it’s a start. And, by completing these three simple tasks you can start removing many questionable chemicals from your family’s abode. Alright, let’s detoxify: Ditch antibacterial & toxic cleaning products: Did you know that products labelled “antibacterial’ or ”antimicrobial” contain pesticides? Or that many common cleaning products contain ingredients like ammonia and coal tar dyes? Unfortunately, American manufacturers are not required to warn consumers about the health and environmental hazards associated with long-term exposure to chemical ingredients in cleaning products. Preventative measures: forgo cleaners with a laundry list of chemical ingredients. Try ones with simple, non-toxic ingredients. Some reputable brands to consider are Method,[…]

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Flame Retardant Chemicals: Here, There and Everywhere

Chemical flame retardants: we at Naturepedic don’t like them or use them and we’ve worked to ensure our mattresses pass flammability standards without them. Depending on the specific compound, flame retardants have been connected to neurobehavioral issues, developmental disorders, endocrine disruption, reproductive health problems, diabetes, and even cancer. Additionally, many of these chemicals can sneak past waste water treatments and pollute our streams, rivers and lakes. For these reasons, ALL Naturepedic products are free of chemical flame retardants. Recent initiatives in California and elsewhere are attempting to reduce the use of flame retardant chemicals in couches and other upholstered furniture. These efforts have not yet been extended to mattresses, however, which use different testing standards. Nonetheless, did you know that chemical flame retardants can be found in a lot more everyday products than furniture and mattresses? Cell phones and other consumer electronics, toys, carpeting, building materials, paints, even paper products (yes, paper) can all contain these problematic chemicals. BizNGO, an[…]

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California’s SB1019 Requires Disclosure of Flame Retardants in Furniture

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