Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Report Says Flooring and Wallpaper Emit Toxic Chemicals

A non-profit group in Michigan - the Ecology Center - has released a new study on home improvement products and found "toxic chemicals in commonly-used flooring and wallpaper."  They tested "more than 1,000 flooring samples and nearly 2,300 types of wallpaper for substances that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity and cancer."

Publishing under the project name of, they noted that:
Heavy metals and other additives are commonly found in residential flooring and wallpaper. These chemicals include lead, cadmium, flame retardants, tin compounds and phthalates -- harmful chemicals that are linked to asthma, reproductive problems, developmental and learning disabilities, hormone problems and cancer. 
More information can be found on the study web site.

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