Reuters Chemicals are used to coat some pillows, but the material has come under fire in recent years for its environmental impact and potential use as a chemical weapon.
In a report published this week, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) said there is a growing awareness that the use of chemical fibers in home and office furniture is a danger to the environment and the health of consumers.EWG’s report, titled The Toxic Legacy of Chemicals, also said a new report by the International Council for the Personalised Medicine found that the chemical fibers used in pillows and beds can be used as an alternative to conventional carbon fibers, which are more durable.
In its latest report, EWG said that more than 1,000 chemicals and more than 60 chemical compounds are known to be used in household and office products.
The report said there are a wide variety of industrial uses for the chemicals, including as an additive in plastics and in paints and paint thinner.
“We’re seeing that a lot of the chemicals in these products are used in industries that are not necessarily responsible for the environmental impact, but are contributing to environmental harm,” said David Wasko, EWGs Senior Vice President of Research.
The chemical fibers are commonly used in industrial and construction materials, including in mattresses, pillows for bedding and mattresses for beds.
The EWG report said that in 2013, a total of 603,000 tons of the materials were used to manufacture products that included products for pillows.
In 2012, the amount of carbon fibers was about 5 percent of that amount.
The EWG called for a moratorium on the use and manufacturing of chemicals as a component of home furnishings.