Monday, January 10, 2011

CBS News Reports on Flame Retardants

Organic Abode is committed to providing only the best quality pure products available on the planet. We are pleased to offer a wide selection of mattresses from Pure-Rest Organics that are superior in comfort and quality and do not contain materials that are harmful to your health.

Today there are many companies who claim their products are eco-friendly or “green”, but they still allow formaldehydes, toluene, phenols to be used, sometimes in lower limits than standard consumer products. It’s important to be sure of what you are getting before you make a purchase decision. You can be sure that mattresses from Pure-Rest Organics are 100% free of these harmful substances. In fact, they submit their materials to third party testers to be validated. They also take measures to assure their manufacturing environment is free of toxins all in an effort to guarantee that your organic products are free of contaminants. When these guys says "Pure Rest" they really mean it! 

Tammy Pittenger
Organic Abode

Friday, January 7, 2011

Another Great Report on Fire Retardants

Fire Retardants
Manufacturers cover mattresses in fire retardants to counteract the flammability of their mattress chemicals. These fire retardant chemicals enter people’s systems, and as studies have shown, they can disrupt normal brain development in fetuses and infants.  This is bad news, because flame retardants have been found in disturbingly high concentrations in people’s blood and breast milk.  Mothers are passing these chemicals on to their children.
For example, CBS News reported on woman whose blood test revealed that she had 19 different flame retardant chemicals in her body. The same CBS article quoted an Environmental Protection Agency toxicologist, who was concerned about the effects fire retardants have on developing children.
The same toxicologist said research on young, developing animals has shown fire retardants affect their brains and reproductive systems.  It is safe to say the same would be true for human infants. It is best to avoid conventional mattresses. Take a peek at our wide selection of organic mattress at Organic Abode for you and your family! 

The Importance of Organic Mattresses

Most of us spend nearly a third of our lives in bed. Some of us wish it was longer! That’s why choosing an organic mattress will be the best decision you make. Most standard mattresses today are filled with materials and processed with chemicals in an effort to make them “safe”. In fact, mattresses chemically treated to protect you from fire are actually proving to be more harmful than helpful. The effort to protect you from fire, allergens, and dust mites can be addressed with chemical free, healthy alternatives. Pure wool will act as a flame retardant and natural dust mite repellent while barrier cloths cover your mattress to protect from bacteria, mold, and dust mites. Most importantly, mattresses made from 100% organic rubber, unlike conventional mattresses, won’t out gas or emit potentially toxic substances that can absorb into your lungs and skin causing very serious health problems.

Rest assured that our variety of natural and organic mattress and bedding will provide you with the right sleep solution.

    * No Benzene
    * No Toluene
    * No Boric Acid
    * No Beef Tallow
    * No Non Organic Vegetable Products
    * No Arsenic
    * No Antimony
    * No Formaldehyde
    * No Phenols
    * No Cadmium
    * No Flectol
    * No pesticide residue
    * No flame-retardants
    * No dioxins from bleaching

Checkout our Harmony Deluxe Rubber Crib Mattress for your baby! 

Here's an interesting article in regards to (PBDEs) by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In depth information on Polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs).

Polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs)

On December 30, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson released action plans describing steps EPA will take to manage concerns for polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in products, as well as phthalates, long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), and short-chain chlorinated paraffins. Read the Overview of Chemical Action Plans Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 12K,About PDF).

On December 17, 2009, the principal manufacturers of decaBDE, Albemarle Corporation and Chemtura Corporation, and the principal importer, ICL Industrial Products, Inc., announced their commitment to a three-year phase-out of decaBDE.
PBDEs Project Plan
and Status Report
December 22, 2008, EPA released its third status report updating information on its PBDEs activities (PDF) (14 pp, 84K,About PDF). The status report represents the follow-up to EPA's March 2006 Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) Project Plan (PDF) (40 pp, 305K, About PDF), which outlines EPA's activities regarding PBDEs. Its four major objectives are to:
  • Assess substitutes for pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE) and octabromodiphenyl ether (octaBDE)
  • Assess and evaluate decabromodiphenyl ether
  • Assess risks of pentabromodiphenyl ether and octabromodiphenyl ether
  • Track developments concerning other brominated flame retardants of interest
Flame retardants used in plastics, foams, fabrics and other materials are important for safety.Polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) are a particular class of flame retardant chemicals. EPA is working with industry, environmental and public health groups, other federal agencies, state governments, and other national governments to research and understand potential health risks posed by PBDEs. In 2006 EPA released a project plan describing how it will address key questions and provide a basis for informed risk reduction decisions, including potential regulatory and voluntary actions, and is issuing status updates about progress on the plan.
What are PBDEs?
Polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) are members of a broader class of brominated chemicals used as flame retardants; these are called brominated flame retardants, or BFRs. There are dozens of congeners, or varieties of the basic chemical type, of PBDEs.
What are PBDEs used for?
These chemicals are major components of commercial formulations often used as flame retardants in furniture foam (pentaBDE), plastics for TV cabinets, consumer electronics, wire insulation, back coatings for draperies and upholstery (decaBDE), and plastics for personal computers and small appliances (octaBDE). The benefit of these chemicals is their ability to slow ignition and rate of fire growth, and as a result increase available escape time in the event of a fire.
What are concerns associated with PBDEs?
Although use of flame retardants saves lives and property, there have been unintended consequences. There is growing evidence that PBDEs persist in the environment and accumulate in living organisms, as well as toxicological testing that indicates these chemicals may cause liver toxicity, thyroid toxicity, and neurodevelopmental toxicity. Environmental monitoring programs in Europe, Asia, North America, and the Arctic have found traces of several PBDEs in human breast milk, fish, aquatic birds, and elsewhere in the environment. Particular congeners, tetra- to hexabrominated diphenyl ethers, are the forms most frequently detected in wildlife and humans. The mechanisms or pathways through which PBDEs get into the environment and humans are not known yet, but could include releases from manufacturing or processing of the chemicals into products like plastics or textiles, aging and wear of the end consumer products, and direct exposure during use (e.g., from furniture).
What is the Agency doing under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) relating to PBDEs?
EPA promulgated a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) (PDF) (7 pp, 130K, About PDF) in the Federal Register to require notification to EPA ninety days prior to US manufacture or import, for any use, of the commercial products pentaBDE and octaBDE after January 1, 2005. This action is a follow-up to a voluntary phase-out of these chemicals by Great Lakes Chemical Corporation (now Chemtura Corporation), the only U.S. manufacturer of pentaBDE and octaBDE. Production in the United States of these two chemicals ceased at the end of 2004. A question and answer document on the PBDE SNUR is also available.
What is the Agency doing to better understand the possible risks from PBDEs?
EPA is engaged in the Voluntary Children’s Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP), working with chemical manufacturers to provide data to enable the public to understand the potential health risks to children associated with certain chemical exposures. Through VCCEP, industry-sponsored risk assessments for pentaBDE, octaBDE and decaBDE were developed to evaluate the potential risks to children and prospective parents from potential exposure scenarios. In September 2005, EPA released its Data Needs Decision documents on PBDEs. EPA has requested manufacturers to provide the needed data by volunteering to conduct fate and transport tests with decaBDE and 2-generation reproductive toxicity tests with pentaBDE and octaBDE.
Directly or through grant mechanisms, EPA has been supporting research aimed at a range of topics related to PBDEs, including measuring PBDE levels in umbilical cord blood from newborn U.S. infants, mothers' blood, house dust, food, breast milk, and children; potential thyroid toxicity and developmental neurotoxicity; and the environmental fate of the PBDEs upon their release during production or after disposal of products that contain these chemicals.