“If you really look at what’s in your dust, particularly for some chemicals, it’s just as concentrated—or more—as what you’d find in sewage sludge,” says Heather Stapleton, associate professor of environmental chemistry.”
“The chemicals she’s talking about are flame retardants, which she has found in the dust of every one of the several hundred homes she’s tested. The chemicals come into our houses via treated furniture, electronics, and insulation. Over time they accumulate in our dust. And in our bodies. Virtually all Americans have flame retardants in their blood, and at much higher levels than people in other countries.”
So how can we minimize our exposure at home, until these toxic ingredients are removed from everyday products and materials?
Aside from learning what products and materials contain harmful chemicals (these days it seems almost everything contains too many toxic chemicals), and then buying safer alternatives, it looks like it’s really important to keep the dust bunnies under control…
(disregard their suggestion to use furniture stuffed with polyester, as polyester has its own set of problems)
Flame Retardants’ Effects on Health
This list shows how flame retardants affect humans and animals:
Call or write your government reps and tell them you don’t want toxic chemicals in everyday products and materials. We need a major overhaul of the laws which currently give industries the right to pollute air, water and us.