The Cost of Green Upholstery

Most of us are still learning about the significance of green upholstery and how it fits into our daily lives.  We’re familiar with organic foods and why recycling is important, and can easily quantify by our wallets or belief systems, if either is a worthwhile choice.  Similarly, furniture is a part of everyday life but we rarely question whether the materials used are safe for us and the planet. 

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Four Characteristics of Green Upholstery

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’?

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Flame Retardants Are Still a Part of Everyday Life

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

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