Moms Demand Congress Clean Up Toxic Chemicals in 'Stroller Brigade' at Capitol
October 29, 2013
New HealthyStuff.org Testing Shows Phthalate Hazards in Vinyl Flooring and Other Common Products
Washington, DC – Hundreds of parents and their children descended on the nation's capital today, calling on Congress to protect their families from toxic chemicals. Today's “Stroller Brigade” for safer chemicals comes at a moment as the U.S. Senate makes its most serious attempt to reform federal laws in nearly forty years.
New product testing was also revealed at the event. The new data, commissioned by HealthyStuff.org and the Center for Health Environment and Justice, found common products with high levels of phthalates, a group of chemicals linked to hormone-disruption, cancer and infertility. Among the products were: dumbbells, over-the-ear earphones, vinyl flooring and a Spongebob Square Pants rain poncho for children.
A recent published study in the research journal Indoor Air highlighted the hazards of PVC flooring to children.
The study found:
"Children who had PVC floorings in the bedroom at baseline were more likely to develop doctor diagnosed asthma during the following 10 years period when compared with children living without such flooring material. The risk was in several cases more than doubled."