Are College Students Sleeping With Toxic Flame Retardants?

August 1, 2014 5:00 PM

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My daughter is going to college this fall and we are getting ready. Her school recommended a number of items for her dorm which we dutifully purchased. Having worked on getting toxic flame retardants out of the foam in our couches over the past several years, it occurred to me that I should have the school-recommended foam mattress toppers for my daughter tested for those same toxic chemicals. So I bought both recommended toppers and sent samples to Professor Graham Peaslee at Hope College in Michigan.

"The egg-crate mattress topper was approximately 1.2 percent bromine. Brominated flame retardants are usually persistent, bioaccummulative and toxic. The flame retardant mixture called Firemaster 550 is the most common source of such levels of bromine in new foam, and although lacking extensive stud...

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