super hot mess: halogenated flame retardant

Oh Halogenated Flame Retardant. She’s a killer hiding behind a mask of good intention. Relaxing in our homes all day, every day, then running in, pretending she can stop a fire! Save children! Keep your lit cigarette from setting your mattress ablaze! But let’s be honest, HFR is a mess — a hot mess. She’s so clingy and needy, hanging on everything and getting all up in your business, covering you and anything that crawls from babies to kittens.  Laying your head on a HFR laced mattress or couch can be toxic to your brain, endocrine and reproductive systems and has detrimental effects on your thyroid and liver function. Snap, did I do that? Yes, HFR, yes you did. She shows up in car seats, strollers, nursing pillows, cribs and sleep positioners and leaves a trail of toxic footprints in her wake. Like Wonder Woman, HFR’s producers have tried various makeovers to reinvent her image over and over again. But she’s still the same old HFR underneath all of that hair dye and spandex.  When a fire does catch, she’ll fill the place with smoke and toxic gasses, and you’ll be lucky to escape. As soon as HFR spots those hunky firefighters on the scene, she is all too happy to jump in and cause a hot mess for their health too.

  • Although best known for their classic roles, hitting home in the foam of furniture, curtains, televisions, carpets and mattresses, these old-timers are especially fond of the younger generation and can be found in many children’s products, including car seats, strollers, nursing pillows and their favorite late-night performances in cribs and sleep positioners.
  • The ultimate chameleons leave quite a mark, and people associate them with the roles they play in toxicity to the brain, endocrine and reproductive systems and thyroid and liver function.
  • With American babies born pre-polluted, flame retardants have had an easy career by capturing their audience early on and accumulating over the years.  Not all can have lifetime fans!

Actor: Iliana Carter. Photo by: Francisco Cortinas, Patricia Mateos Ballestero.