WHAT CAN YOU DO
PBDEs (Polybrominated diphenyl ethers)
Q: Where Am I Exposed?
People are exposed to PBDEs at home, at school, and in cars and buses. For many years, PBDEs have been added to these products: mattresses, futons and other cushions; pillows, mattress pads and other bedding; casings for appliances, televisions and computers; cars, airplanes and buses; textiles such as carpeting, draperies and upholstery fabric (Fabrics for clothing are treated with other flame retardants, not PBDEs.) PBDEs are released from these products into the air and combine with dust that then settles onto household surfaces. PBDEs are also found increasingly in food, especially oils and fats, fish and shellfish, meat and meat products, and eggs.
Q: What Can I Do?
Adapted from the Practice Prevention Columns on the Collaborative on Health and the Environment website, and other sources as indicated.