Past Research

Flame Retardants

Since the 1960s, flame retardants have been added to common products such as electronics, building materials and upholstery fabrics.

These compounds are endocrine disruptors (i.e., they interfere with hormone systems), neurotoxins and possible carcinogens. A past IISD-ELA study looked at how certain flame retardants degrade in aquatic environments, and has already shown that breakdown products can accumulate in invertebrates, fish and sediments.