Good Chemistry: Green Tips for Better Health, from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

Toxic Flame Retardants In Your Bed? That’s Bad Chemistry.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is working with The Alliance For a Clean and Healthy Vermont on a bill to keep Deca, a toxic flame retardant, out of mattresses, electronics and upholstered furniture. The bill passed the Vermont Senate and is now being considered in the House.  


Help by calling your representative to urge them to support the Deca ban bill.

Deca, Penta & Octa are PBDE type chemicals currently used as flame retardants in furniture and electronics.  They are known reproductive and developmental toxicants and make their way from products  into the environment and into our bodies.  PBDE levels in breast milk, blood and tissues have increased by a factor of 100 in the past 30 years, doubling about every five years. This is alarming--studies link PBDEs to reproductive and developmental problems, including delayed puberty. Fire fighting does not have to have toxic consequences: safer alternative flame retardants exist. 

Please call your representatives to ask them to support the Deca ban bill.  Not sure who to call or what to say? More info after the jump.

Talking to your legislators is an important way to make a difference.  You can:

  •  Look up your state representatives here.
  • When you call,  say:
    • Your name, and town
    • You support the Deca ban bill
    • Why you support the bill-- simple sentence is fine. For example, "I don't think children should be exposed to dangerous toxicants when safer alternatives exist."

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