Health victory! Governor signs flame retardant labeling law
Pressure has been mounting for companies that make home and business furniture, children’s products, and other products to eliminate harmful flame retardants. CEH has surveyed such companies and found that many are already moving away from the toxic chemicals. Labeling under SB 1019 will provide an additional incentive, since information about the use of flame retardants is a key purchasing criteria for many buyers, including individual consumers and large institutional purchasers.
For example, recently several large hospital systems announced they would preferentially purchase furniture made without these chemicals. A CEH survey of business furniture makers, conducted in conjunction with HDR Architecture, North America’s 2nd largest design firm, found that leading companies including Global, Arcadia and David Edward have eliminated flame retardant chemicals from their products, and other major companies including Herman Miller, Martin Brattrud and Haworth are in the process of eliminating these chemicals. Earlier this year CEH reached legal settlements with Playtex, West Elm and several other home furniture and/or children’s products companies who had been using flame retardants; several of the companies have now committed to eliminating these chemicals from their products.
The Center for Environmental Health has an eighteen-year track record of protecting children and families from harmful chemicals in our air, water, food and in dozens of every day products. CEH also works with major industries and leaders in green business to promote healthier alternatives to toxic products and practices. In 2010, the San Francisco Business Times bestowed its annual “Green Champion” award to CEH for its work to improve health and the environment in the Bay Area and beyond.