Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Toxic Flame Retardants

I wrote about the challenges of avoiding chemically coated children's pajamas a couple of months ago, and after reading this article, I think I'm going to keep up the fight.

...many health experts who caution that the added chemicals likely pose a greater health risk than any flames they might fend off. Common flame retardants have been linked with learning disorders, reduced fertility and cancer, they say, and non-chemical alternatives do exist.

"Protecting children from fire doesn't require exposing them to toxic chemicals," said Ivy Sager-Rosenthal, campaign director for the nonprofit Washington Toxics Coalition.

As far as I recall, the fire protection rules apply to pajamas for children 14 and under. Hopefully, the laws will be modified, because I'm not thrilled about spending the next ten years searching for non-chemically jammies.

Update: I actually found some regular cotton PJs at Target! Buster really likes this set, because they are "team" clothes - we think he means that it looks like he is wearing a tank-top sports uniform. Hey, who doesn't love a preschooler in a muscle T.


Bob said...

We have to keep up the fight until they change the stupid law. Cotton clothes that not loose should be fine.

appleseed said...

PJ pants aren't that hard to sew...

Waltzing with Widgets said...

From what I heard on an NPR program, there have been 5 attempts to repeal the law, all failing after lobbying by the chemical industry. The journalist could find no one supporting the law who wasn't connected to/funded by chemical companies.

Holly said...

Oof. I agree with you. I ran into this a while back too. You know what else is funny, if you think about making your kids' pajamas and get a sewing pattern, you'll see the models wearing flannel. But both the pattern and flannel fabric bolts say something to the effect it's not for wearing to bed. Yeah right! It's like they know people are going to make flannel pajamas for kids but have to follow the rules with the warning.


Your little dude is so cute! Glad you found some sleepwear that works.

BTW, I saw this octopus and thought of you, naturally, and so here is your annual octopus sighting by me. :)