The rampant use of flame retardants (FRs) in couch foam have been curbed by the revision of TB117-2013 which no longer requires the use of flame retardants. Although this change is in the positive direction of better protecting our health, the bioaccumalative and dangerous nature of FRs still exist.
While we manage old flame retardants and understand the implications of new replacement chemicals, we presently can explore safer couch foam options. Read More
Did you know the polyester fabric covering your couch and the foam cushioning in your seat, are made from the same oil and gas used to make plastic water bottles and food packaging? Our love for plastic and reliance on a finite resource like petroleum are now outweighed by the irreversible health and environmental costs. Read More
Green Upholstery is all about safe, non-toxic, and sustainable materials that do not harm people or the planet. A truly green piece encompasses all these characteristics, and ideally also includes ethical labor practices, a local supply chain, and materials that are biodegradable. There are many retailers on the ‘green’ train who are using materials that are indeed non-toxic, but not biodegradable, so what is actually ‘green’? Read More
There are many serious reasons to avoid conventional couch cushion foam. Polyurethane foam is a plastic that not only cannot biodegrade or be recycled, it contains chemical additives like flame retardants that have long term and far reaching effects on the health of our people and planet.
TB117-2013 doesn’t ban all flame retardants in the home Read More