Another Blow to Low-Income Communities and Children of Color

Independent, unrelated studies confirm the disturbing truth:  US children of color and children from low-income communities have more flame retardant chemicals in their bodies than white children do.

Lower income households often have older furniture containing PentaBDE, a particularly persistent and toxic flame retardant.  In addition, children living in lower income communities tend to have less access to safe outdoor play space, and as a result tend to stay indoors where they are exposed more heavily to contaminated dust particles. Indigenous people living in the arctic region have some of the highest levels of flame retardants in their bodies.