Tell Best Buy: Get Flame Retardants Out of Your TVs

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The Trump Administration is leaving American families vulnerable by stalling work to ban chemicals called organohalogen flame retardants in TV plastic casings.

TVs containing hazardous flame retardants in their plastic casings can release them into the air and dust—exposing a family in their own home. The European Union just took action to ban these dangerous chemicals. If Trump’s EPA won’t protect us, we need our biggest retailers to act.

Recent testing confirmed that the plastic casings of three out of three TVs purchased from Best Buy, including store brand Insignia TVs, contain these toxic chemicals.

If retailers are going to sell TVs without these toxic chemicals for European families, they should do the same for American families too. And Best Buy has the power to make it happen!

In 2017, along with the vote to put in motion a ban on these toxic flame retardants, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a strong warning to manufacturers and retailers to stop using and selling them in TV plastic casings.  So far Best Buy has NOT eliminated these chemicals. It’s outrageous that companies like Best Buy are ignoring a government safety warning!

Scientists have found that exposure to flame retardants is linked to cancer and hormone disruption. Studies have found them in the bodies of adults, children, and fetuses in the womb. And when TVs and other products containing flame retardant chemicals burn, the chemicals can make the smoke even more hazardous for firefighters.

Here’s the good news: these harmful chemicals can be replaced with safer alternatives.  Some companies are already using alternatives or innovating to avoid these chemicals altogether. Electronics brands like Apple have done this for laptops, and TV brands can innovate too!

The bottom line is that buying a TV shouldn’t pollute your home with toxic chemicals.

Let’s tell Best Buy: No toxic TVs! Please use your power as North America’s top electronics retailer to get toxic chemicals out of the TVs you sell.