Seattle, Washington -- The Governor of Washington Jay Inslee has signed an act banning the sale of home furniture and kids’ products containing flame retardants.
The Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act was signed on Friday, 1 April, 2016 and marked the first ever ban on the brominated flame retardant TBBPA (tetrabromobisphenol A).
According to a statement issued by the Governor’s office, the bill won the support of more than 60 groups and organisations including the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, Washington Fire Chiefs, Earth Ministry and the Academy of Pediatrics—WA State Chapter.
The signing also established a state process for addressing a number of flame retardants in the future.
Flame retardants used in children’s products and furniture – namely HBCD (hexabromocyclododecane) , TCEP (tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate), TDCPP (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate), Deca-BDE (decabromodiphenyl ether) and TBBPA will be banned from products sold in the state from July 1, 2017.
US furniture manufacturers Ashley Furniture stopped selling furniture containing toxic flame retardants in 2015, and, the statement said, Macy’s is in the process of eliminating products with FRs from its range by checking with its suppliers that the chemicals are not being used.