Don’t miss the Tribune’s exposé of the flame retardant industry.

The Chicago Tribune is running a brilliant investigative series on how flame retardants came to be used in so many of the products that we buy. It turns out that a) they don’t actually stop fires even a little bit b) they cause serious health problems and c) tobacco companies created a fake public interest group to push for laws requiring these useless, expensive chemicals in order to avoid having to create cigarettes that wouldn’t light furniture on fire. 

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One reply on “Don’t miss the Tribune’s exposé of the flame retardant industry.”

  1. I guess it was okay to follow my gut feeling that it was better to put my kids in cotton pajamas than have them sleep in flame-retardant synthetics.

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