“Does your coffee stirrer need to be flame retarded?”

Quoted from the Green Science Policy Institute newsletter

“Does your coffee stirrer need to be flame retarded?”

“A recent study from the University of Plymouth in England measured brominated flame retardants in 1000 consumer products. Flame retardant chemicals were found in nearly half, and half of those were at concentrations much lower than would be used to provide flame retardancy. These chemicals most likely came from recycled plastic containing flame retardants. Bromine was found in a worrying 12% of food-contact items, including water bottles, cutlery, thermos cup lids, a coffee stirrer, and also in lunch boxes. Jewelry, Christmas decorations, a child’s puzzle, a picture frame, and clothes hangers made of plastic also contained bromine.

This study is one of many. A recent UK study from Stuart Harrad’s group found that 34% of plastic kitchen utensils tested contained brominated flame retardants. This study also found that the chemicals could move from the contaminated utensils into hot oil (and then perhaps to food) during cooking. These findings demonstrate that until manufacturers redesign our electronics without hazardous flame retardants in the casings, we could continue to find these toxic chemicals where we least expect them.”

Quoted from the Green Science Policy Institute newsletter

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