Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Require warning labels for couches containing dangerous chemicals in California
Most couches on the market are infused with sometimes a pound or more of dangerous flame retardants that are known to be cancer causing. When these chemically produced couches become worn the flame retardants in the furniture are deposited into the air and inhaled by people. These dangerous couches should be required to include warning labels to make consumers aware of the toxins they are being exposed to.
In California specifically, furniture contains much larger amounts of flame retardants than it does in other states and countries. Tests have also shown that California women have higher levels of toxic flame retardants in their breast tissue than women in other areas of the world. This issue is most significantly affecting youth as shown in a study that found that young children had five times the amount of these dangerous chemicals in their bodies than their mothers. Other studies suggest that these flame retardants are hardly even effective when it comes to slowing the spread of fire. The flame retardant industry has been over-promoted and may be doing more harm than good.
Governor Brown’s proposal would require all upholstered furniture to include a label indicating whether or not it contains toxic chemicals. This law will both raise awareness in unknowing consumers and also influence the market to eventually remove these toxic and unnecessary chemicals from furniture, ultimately improving the safety of consumers as well as their children and pets.
Please sign the petition below to support California Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal for warning labels on couches with flame retardants.
Dear California Governor Jerry Brown,
Your recent proposal of a law requiring warning labels on couches containing flame retardants is both practical and necessary.
It is unsettling to know that most people are unaware that their furniture may actually be putting them at risk for cancer and other health issues and it is the consumer’s right to know these risks. It is especially disconcerting that California has even higher amounts of toxins in furniture than other areas of the country and world.
California residents deserve to know the components of their household items and we urge you to continue to push for this necessary law to require warning labels on couches. Hopefully this law will open the nation’s eyes to create similar laws or even eliminate the use of toxic chemicals in furniture. Thank you for your public health efforts.
[Your Name Here]
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