Toxic flame retardants in TVs

Toxic chemicals found in TVs

Best Buy: There’s WHAT in my TV?!

TVs containing hazardous flame retardants in their plastic casings can release them into the air and dust—exposing a family in their own home.

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.

Buying a TV shouldn’t pollute your home with toxic chemicals—or exacerbate the plastic waste crisis! Sign the petition now and tell Best Buy to stop selling us toxic TVs!


The European Union recently voted to ban toxic chemicals called organohalogen flame retardants in TV plastic casings starting April 2021. While the U.S. began to take similar action, efforts have been stalled under the Trump Administration, leaving American families vulnerable.

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. But 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.

They can also be especially dangerous to workers and children who recycle the plastics from TVs and other electronics in facilities around the world. And these chemicals make it much harder to recycle the plastic—adding to our global plastic waste crisis.

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

Bottom line: Buying a TV shouldn’t pollute your home with toxic chemicals—or exacerbate the plastic waste crisis!

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