flame retardants


By Adam Pecoraro, Summer Intern in Dr. Seth Kullman’s lab   Flame retardants (FRs) are unique chemical compounds that are added to many products including piping infrastructure, electrical circuit boards, clothing, and furniture in order to decrease the likelihood of fire. FRs use has increased worldwide in recent years, along […]

Protecting Your Couch for a Price: Flame Retardants and Their ...


By Margaret Morales & Gretchen Kroeger In my last post I wrote about the Stockholm Convention Treaty for the international regulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The United States remains one of a handful of countries that has not ratified the Treaty. One key reason for this is that several […]

Safety Standards and Weighing Risks


Join us for this webinar organized by CHE and Boston University SRP Oct 9, 2014 Background Information/Resources CHE Blog RSVP for this Call Eighth in a series of calls organized by CHE and the Boston University Superfund Research Program (BU SRP). Flame retardants are chemicals that are used in consumer […]

Home Invaders: Are flame retardants fattening us up and harming ...




By Eileen Thorsos In my hotel room in Atlanta, the tag under the desk chair told me that my chair met California’s old TB 117. In order to meet that flammability standard, the foam inside the chair I sat on as I drafted this blog post must have had flame […]

The future of furniture’s secret ingredients


By Gretchen Kroeger   It’s sometimes easy to think of scientists as people who are different from “us” or as a group of people who are unapproachable to the public. But we want to bust that myth by introducing you, one scientist at a time, to those who carry out […]

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