Graco Commits to Banning Toxic Flame Retardants from Children’s Products

| 7/18/2012 8:19:48 AM

Tags: Graco Children’s Products, Toxic Flame Retardants, Flame Retardant Chemicals, Sara Snow, Press Release,

Today Healthy Child Healthy World and the Ecology Center applaud Graco Children's Products, Inc. for committing to ban the use of four of the most toxic chemical flame retardants from all of their products. Graco is one of the nation's largest children's product manufacturers, selling nearly 1 out of every 3 baby gear products purchased in the U.S.

Over the last few months, nearly 4,000 parents signed a petition started by Sara Snow, green lifestyle expert, author of "Sara Snow's Fresh Living" and Healthy Child Healthy World Parent Ambassador, asking Graco to eliminate its use of hazardous flame retardants in their children’s products.

"I started the petition because as a mom, it blew my mind to learn that toxic flame retardant chemicals were still in the foam of so many of the products where babies spend the bulk of their time: strollers, car seats, nursing pillows, and more," said Snow. "I'm grateful that Graco has responded to our concerns and can offer moms a little peace of mind."

Child health advocates have been urging Graco to eliminate the use of toxic chemicals since 2008, when the Ecology Center first started testing products for their consumer database,

"Our 2011 car seat report showed that Graco manufactured one of the most toxic car seats and one of the least toxic," said Jeff Gearhart, the Ecology Center's Research Director and founder of, which has tested hundreds of popular car seats for toxic chemicals. "We thank all of the parents who expressed concern about this inconsistency, and Graco for taking the initiative to make all of their products safer."

Graco told advocates it has committed to ban and monitor four Tris and related chemicals, specifically:

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