ICS Magazine

Greenpeace uncovers hidden dangers in the home

June 6, 2001
WASHINGTON—A recently released Greenpeace report shows children are being exposed to hazardous chemicals found in vinyl plastic childcare products and home furnishings. Independent laboratories analyzed items ranging from vinyl mattress pads to vinyl flooring.

A majority of the products contain a group of metals called organotins which are known to cause reproductive and developmental damage in animals and nervous and respiratory problems in humans. Some of the highest levels of organotins were found in vinyl floor tiles.

For more information, visit Greenpeace’s international online database of PVC free products at http://www.greenpeace.org.

The full report can be found at www.greenpeaceusa.org/toxics/vinylhouse.htm.