Many household and children's items are currently produced using dangerous chemicals as flame retardants, including Tris, a known carcinogen. Studies have shown these can be linked to cancer, learning disabilities and future reproductive issues. Children in early stages of development are particularly vulnerable to these toxins, which can build up in the body over time causing negative impacts on their health. In addition to the health risks, these chemicals have been proven ineffective as flame retardants.
The risks associated with these chemicals disproportionately affect low-income families who may not be able to afford natural products made without these flame retardants or have the resources to effectively treat the issues that arise.
I commend the Washington legislators in the House of Representatives from both parties for committing to the health of our children over the interests of powerful chemical companies and corporations. We must call on Sen. Ericksen and the Senate to vote to keep all Washington families healthy.