GREENSBORO, N.C.—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed into law new legislation that will ban the sale of children’s products treated with the flame retardant chemical commonly known as TRIS. The suspected carcinogen was banned nationally in children’s clothing by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 1977. The New York law will extend the ban to all children’s products sold in the state including items such as toys, strollers, crib mattresses, nursing pillows and car seats. The ban will apply to any products sold after December 1, 2013.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified textile products are already in compliance with the 2013 New York ban on TRIS. Because TRIS has been banned in Europe for many years, the chemical is excluded from Oeko-Tex’s global list of acceptable active chemical products. Only textile products that are TRIS-free can receive certification, not only for Class I product certification (textiles intended for use by babies and toddlers) but also for Classes II-IV, certifications for all other textile products. Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification has also been recognized as an indicator for Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) compliance.