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So the folks at Healthy Stuff reached out to me to let me know that they are planning on testing current car seats this summer. The last time they tested car seats was 2011 and they felt like it was time to do it again (and we were happy to hear that they would be testing again!). The information they find out from these tests will be helpful for all of us when we need to buy our next car seat. However, they are a non-profit and need to raise funds to do the testing. From the monthly stats of people who read my blog, and my car seat post specifically, we should be able to help them complete their fundraising goal. I realize that some can give more than others but I would ask that everyone contribute what they can – it’s for the health of our children.
The more these toxic chemicals are exposed, the more likelihood we will see change from these companies. There are alternatives to the nasty chemicals they are using. Enough pressure and we will force change to happen. Companies literally could meet the flammability requirements in the car seat covers by using wool and cotton – preferably organic! I would love to see the car seat industry use no flame retardants. Is that a big dream, yes, but a doable one. At the least, they should be using chemicals that aren’t as toxic as the ones they are using. We, as parents, need to demand that there are changes. The first step is exposing what they are using.
What’s new this time? Healthy Stuff has told me in addition to the testing that they have always done (heavy metals including lead and brominated flame retardants) they are also going to do third party testing which will include the 7 most common flame retardants. This is a HUGE development and will expose what is really going on in the car seat industry in the United States.
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Thank you! Natural Baby Mama 🙂