Why parents should avoid flame retardant materials

Gigi Lee Chang, CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, shares advice for parents on why it is unhealthy to use flame retardant materials in your home
Why You Should Avoid Flame Retardant Materials In Your Home
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Why parents should avoid flame retardant materials

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Flame retardants is in many of the products we have around us, and we may necessarily not suspect, especially chlorinated tris is found in furniture, in items that are made of form. So things like nursing pillows, car seats, strollers and even sofas, if it's made from foam. So, the way to avoid it is to try to find products that are made from natural ingredients, such as cotton wool and natural latex. Lastly if possible, try to avoid products that comply with California CB 11, which is a law that states that, flame retardants must be used in products that contain foam. Now the industry has really done a lot to try to take certain categories and make it not part of the CB 11 role but it still a work-in-progress. So, as an interim 50 measure ideally look for products that aren't not compliant with CB 1. It seems kind of backward, but it's the better option for the health of your children.

Gigi Lee Chang, CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, shares advice for parents on why it is unhealthy to use flame retardant materials in your home

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Gigi Lee Chang

Former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World

Gigi Lee Chang is the CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, a national non-profit organization which empowers parents to protect their children from harmful chemicals. She is a frequent speaker on various topics, including children’s health, food and nutrition, as well as socially conscious/sustainable business practices and entrepreneurship and was awarded “Brand Innovator 2008” and “2010” by Brand Packaging. In addition, Gigi has been featured in over 250 national and regional media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, MORE magazine, Yogi Times, KIWI Magazine, Cookie, Parenting, OK! Weekly, Celebrity Baby Blog, TODAY Show, Newsweek and Time Out New York Kids. Gigi is also the Founder of Plum Organics and on the advisory boards of Environmental Media Association (EMA), Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM), International Baby Planners Association (IBPA) as well as Friends of Baby Buggy.

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