Monday, June 11, 2012

Take the toxic chemicals out of my couch

Below is an email from Arlene Blum, UC Berkeley chemist and executive director and founder of the Alliance for Toxic-Free Fire Safety. She created a petition on, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.

Dear MoveOn member,

According to a Chicago Tribune investigative series, "A deceptive campaign by the chemical industry brought toxic flame retardants into our homes and into our bodies. And the chemicals don't even work as promised."

Since 2008, the CPSC has been working on a draft furniture flammability standard that would stop fires from starting in furniture fabric. This new standard will prevent the use of untested and toxic chemicals in the foam inside furniture. We need the CPSC to enact this standard so we can buy furniture and baby products that are both fire resistant and toxics free.

That's why I created a petition on to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which says:

Please act NOW to stop the use of toxic flame retardant chemicals in our furniture and baby products. We urge you to enact your new furniture flammability standard to increase fire safety without toxic chemicals and prevent cancer and neurological, reproductive, endocrine, and immune problems.

Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:


–Arlene Blum, Alliance for Toxic-Free Fire Safety

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