The Green Science Policy Institute found that 80% of baby products tested contain flame retardants include nursing pillows, car seats, portable crib mattresses, baby carriers, strollers, and changing table pads. Studies show that these toxic chemicals appear immediately in the bloodstream and urine, and are to long-term impacts like endocrine disruption, lower IQ, ADD, fertility issues, thyroid disease and cancer. They are heavy polymers and wind up in common household dust; they’re inhaled and consumed and then stored in our fat, and they bio-accumulate and increase through the food chain, according to numerous studies.
In addition to flame retardants, a study of crib mattresses at The University of Texas at Austin found that infants are exposed to high levels of chemical emissions from mattresses while they sleep. The researchers identified more than 30 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the polyurethane foam and polyester foam padding, potentially harmful chemicals also found in household items such as cleaning products and air fresheners.
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To learn more, we highly recommend “Flame Retardants in Baby Products: What You Can Do” by the Green Science Policy Institute, and the Chicago Tribune‘s award-winning “Playing With Fire” series, a groundbreaking piece of investigative journalism which led to increased awareness and action on this critical issue.
Made Safe deeply vets products, going beyond ingredients on labels to look for possible areas of contamination and check for ghost ingredients (those are ingredients contained within other ingredients that aren’t listed out on labels – and sometimes brands don’t themselves know they’re in products.) Our chemists review each and every ingredient in a product submitted by a brand to ensure that nothing in it harms humans or the environment. We take a 360-degree approach looking at bioaccumulation, environmental degradation, general toxicity, and aquatic toxicity when screening ingredients. We don’t permit thousands of ingredients considered to be: behavioral toxins, carcinogens, developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, fire retardants, GMOs, heavy metals, neurotoxins, pesticides, reproductive toxins, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs.