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Chemicals known as PBDEs have long been used as flame retardants on foam found inside furniture. But last week California adopted new flammability standards for furniture and other products that will allow manufacturers to stop using the chemicals.
Current rules require furniture filling to withstand exposure to an open flame for 12 seconds, which led to the use of flame retardants. This is no longer required under the new rules; instead, says the Associated Press, "manufacturers will reduce fire danger by focusing flammability protection on ignition sources that are more common fire starters, like cigarettes, radiant heaters, extension cords and fireplace embers."
Gov. Jerry Brown said the new standards will keep furniture…Continue
Posted by Katharine Fong on November 24, 2013 at 1:47pm
The shutdown of the federal government, as most know, means closure of all non-essential government agencies as well as national parks, and puts hundreds of thousands of federal workers on furlough. Inhabitat also points out that agencies set up to protect the environment (and human health) will be hardest hit during this period.Continue
Posted by Katharine Fong on October 1, 2013 at 10:31am