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Choosing a Chemical Flame Retardant-Free Campus

11/30/2015 | Center for Environmental Health Blog

In November 2015, Harvard University became the first university in the nation to sign a pledge stating its preferences for purchasing furniture that is manufactured without the use of toxic chemical flame retardants.

This blog post, originally appearing on the Center for Environmental Health’s blog, explores the rationale behind Harvard’s decision, and points to the research at Harvard Schools that aims to better understand how exposure to harmful chemicals can impact human health and the environment.

Written by Joseph Allen, Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and  Heather Henriksen, Director of the Harvard Office for Sustainability.

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