Jan 19, 2009
'Whether your carpets are new or old, they probably have more bad things in them than you want to imagine. The list is staggering. For new carpets there are ‘volatile organic compounds’ VOC’s. These include toluene, benzene, formaldehyde, ethyl benzene, styrene, acetone and a host of other chemicals, some of which have already made the EPA’s list of Extremely Hazardous Substances. Known carcinogens such as p-Dichlorobenzene are in new carpets, as are chemicals that produce fetal abnormalities in test animals. These chemicals also cause hallucinations, nerve damage and respiratory illness in humans.'
'Older carpets are so toxic that your chances of being exposed to hazardous chemicals are 10-50 times higher in a carpeted room than outdoors. If the carpet is plush or shag, your risk increases substantially.'
'The symptoms reported by the owners of these carpets were diverse: headache, confusion, loss of memory, depression, dizziness, burning eyes, nose, and throat, difficulty breathing, fatigue, weakness, skin rash, hair loss, etc. '
'After installing carpet for many years, he gradually developed a variety of neurological and respiratory symptoms including numbness, tingling, dizziness, ringing in the ears, shortness of breath, joint pain, forgetfulness, fatigue, irritability, and tremors.'
'developed a number of symptoms which gradually worsened to the point where he is now disabled. Neurological testing, including a SPECT scan (single photon emission computed tomography) conducted in the nuclear medicine department of Ottawa General Hospital, verified damage to his brain, especially to his posterior parietal lobes. His doctors are convinced that the solvents and other chemicals in the carpets and glues Ron was working with are the cause. He experiences severe concentration problems, dizziness, memory loss, ringing in his ears, erratic heartbeats, shortness of breath, erratic sleeping patterns recurring nosebleeds, weakness, coordination problems, sharp pains, irritability, gastrointestinal problems, numbness and sensations of pins and needles in his lower arms and hands. He has found that his symptoms worsen when he is around the low levels of petrochemicals commonly found in many public buildings, which limits him still further.'
St, Paul, Minn. - 3M today announced it is phasing out of the perfluorooctanyl chemistry used to produce certain repellents and surfactant products. . . . "While this chemistry has been used effectively for more than 40 years and our products are safe, our decision to phase out production is based on our principles of responsible environmental management."
- 3M press release, May 16, 2000
.......'The more than 1,000 documents in EPA's Administrative Record on Scotchgard--some 29,000 pages of material--show clearly that 3M knew its products were in the blood of the general population as early as 1976 and had detected PFOS in their own plant workers as early as 1979. 3M waited more than 20 years before agreeing, under threat of regulatory action by EPA, to remove this health hazard from the marketplace - hardly responsible behavior.'
'From the production of synthetic carpet to its installation in the home,
there are toxins and hazardous chemicals used at nearly every step of the process. Most carpets today are made from fibers derived from petroleum. They are bonded to their backings with natural or synthetic latex. They are treated with pesticides, bleaches, dyes, stain protectants, and anti-static solutions. Add to this mixture anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents, as well as chemical baths containing substances like chlorine, bromine, and phosphorous to render the carpet non-flammable.'