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DANGEROUS FIRE RETARDANT CHEMICALS NOT USED IN LIFEKIND ORGANIC MATTRESSES
Natural Fibers Like Untreated Wool Are An Alternative To PBDE Fire
SACRAMENTO, CA - Sept. 22, 2003 (Send2Press Newswire) -- Studies presented
by the Environment California Research and Policy Center earlier this year
have linked PBDE fire retardants (polybrominated diphenyl ether) to
learning disorders and ADHD in children, and to disruption of thyroid
hormone balance, as well as a host of other environmental concerns. By
using wool, which is naturally flame-resistant, and natural fibers like
certified organic cotton, Lifekind Products, Inc. (www.lifekind.com) is
able to manufacture a chemical free alternative mattress.
Consumers may not be aware that alternatives exist or even that their
mattresses are a potential health risk. But one study demonstrated that
PBDEs are found in the breast milk of nursing mothers at alarming levels
and that the levels are growing exponentially. That study prompted
Assemblywoman Wilma Chan, D-Oakland to draft a bill prohibiting PBDEs from
products manufactured for sale in California. Gov. Gray Davis signed the
bill into law in August, to go into effect in 2008.
In the meantime, as PBDEs are used in most mattresses with foam padding,
customers have few alternatives. Lifekind Products is the only
manufacturing company of its kind in the U.S. and is a full circle
environmental company making only chemical-free products in its California
PBDEs have already been banned in the European union and have been called
the PCB of the new millennium because they remain in the environment and
build up in body tissues over a lifetime. The EPA is still evaluating the
associated risks and has yet to act.
For more information, contact Lifekind at 1-800-284-4983 or
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