Children’s rooms full of illegal chemistry
New study finds illegal phthalates and flame retardants in nearly all tested children’s rooms (pilot project)
The Danish environmental organization, the Ecological Council, examined the presence of phthalates and flame retardants in 17 children’s rooms. They measured the level of 7 phthalates and 15 phosphorus-based flame retardants in dust from the rooms and found almost all substances in all the tested rooms – relatively high levels for several substances.
For phthalates with the highest measured values were three substances, DEHP, BBP and DBP, that have not been allowed in toys for children under 14 years in Denmark since 1999 and in Europe since 2007. For the flame retardants, two of the three highest measured values were also from substances that are not allowed in toys (TCIPP, TDCIPP).
The organization believes that children’s total exposure to harmful substances in their everyday lives can affect their health and development. Several of these substances areregulated in respective product groups such as toys because they are suspected of having carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting properties. References: “Indoor Climate in children’s rooms,” the Ecological Council, 2015/2016
“Indoor Climate in children’s rooms,” the Ecological Council, 2015/2016