Do Flame Retardants Make Us Dimmer? Once I was in the 2nd trimester of maternity, we purchased a brand new king-sized mattress. As with any cotton mattresses sold in the U.S., ours was indeed treated having a flame retardant containing polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and/or organohalogen substances (OHCs). Flame retardants will also be in pillows, airplane and car seats, drapes, rugs, and insulation. They’re in electronic gear, like TVs, plus in the dirt along with TVs. They’re in and breast…