I have a memory foam mattress and I've read studies** which have found flame retardants such as PBDEs (Polybrominated diphenyl ethers) and "chlorinated Tris" (TDCPP is one of number of chlorinated Tris) to be in 85% of cushions in furniture. The flame retardant treated furniture then release these chemicals which are found in the dust in our air and on the floors and surfaces in our homes at high levels. These chemicals have been shown to cause cancer, hormone disruption and nervous system damage.
I have not heard anything mentioned regarding memory foam. Does anyone know if there have been any distinction made in the products? Does a memory foam mattress carry the same risk?
**There have been numerous studies on the toxic flame retardant chemicals by Duke University, Cal-Berkeley and the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) in addition to the ones linked below. It may sound like it's just a California problem, therefore I wanted to point out that CA is one of the more aggressive states when it comes to protecting air, water, food quality, etc. California phased out PBDEs in 2004 yet as one of the studies from the Silent Spring Institute shows seven years later high levels of PBDEs exist. The second link further supports that the toxic flame retardants as a source of indoor air pollution are not confined to the U.S.