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No Poly foam in Babies' items
2019-12-30 09:29:07
No Poly foam in Babies' items. All of this talk about flame retardants in the news has parents scrambling to find ways to avoid them to protect their children. It’s easier said than done, as they are very rarely labeled on any product. One way around this lack of labeling is to buy items that don’t contain polyurethane foam, which some fire experts have referred to as “solid gasoline.” “If you’re going to have poly foam, you’re going to have flame retardants. You can’t use such incredibly flammable material and not protect it,” says Barry A. Cik, co-founder of the organic mattress company Naturepedic.
 
Poly foam, the most common filling on the market, is found in mattresses, upholstered furniture, car seats, stuffed animals, pillows and more. Before this inexpensive but flammable foam entered and took over the market in the 1960s, cotton was the most common filler and flame retardants weren’t in everything. “Flammability wasn’t an issue. Cotton doesn’t really burn,” explains Cik. “It will smolder. If you don’t douse it with water and you let it go and go, it will burn.

But it wont really burn in a serious quick way like polyurethane, which just goes up into a huge fire instantly.” At first polyurethane foam didn’t even contain flame retardants. But case after case of it accidentally catching fire (usually from cigarettes) and subsequent deaths resulted flame retardant requirements.

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