Brominated Flame Retardants
► IPEN has conducted a unique survey of PBDEs in recycled carpet padding. See the results here: POPs in recycled carpet padding 23 April 2011
► Press Release, 25 April, 2011: Hazardous waste on your living room floor
In the first publicly available study of its kind, a type of foam carpet pad commonly sold in the USA and other developed countries was demonstrated to contain levels of flame retardant chemicals that raise concerns about human health. The substances, PentaBDE and OctaBDE, resemble PCBs in structure and toxic effects.
The study, conducted by IPEN, an international organization working on toxic chemical issues, examined levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) in foam carpet pads commonly used in developed counties, including the United States.
► Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) Position Paper, April 2011: A Call for Rapid Phase-out of Brominated Flame Retardants- WECF
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