Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs): Chemical that are used as flame retardants in many products, including mattresses, foam, plastics, furniture, and cars. Studies show that children in the United States, Norway, Australia, and the Faroe Islands have higher levels of PBDEs than adults do. PBDEs are associated with hormone disruption, hyperactivity, and neurodevelopmental delays, including lowered IQ . The European Union has banned the use of PBDEs in electronic devices.