Many Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs) are persistent, bioaccumulative chemicals that are now present throughout the environment. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are one of the most common groups of BFRs and have been used to fireproof a wide variety of materials
Some PBDEs are capable of interfering with the hormone systems involved in growth and sexual development. Under EU law the use of some types of PBDE is tightly restricted and one PBDE has been listed as a ‘Priority Hazardous Substance’ under European water law, which requires that measures be taken to eliminate its pollution of surface waters.
A short video about flame retardants that will help you better understand how bad these chemicals really are for us.
A short video of chemists talking about their work to produce better and more environmentally sound flame retardants.