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MISSION STATEMENT:

My human purpose is to protect the people and planet that we all love...  I wanted to create a place for people to learn about Green Upholstery.  The goal is to compile the plentiful data generated by NGOs, scholarly publications, and other credible sources into bite size bits that are easy to approach and understand.  By raising our awareness with knowledge, we empower ourselves to protect our homes, make better decisions, and push big box retailers to offer safer products.
Please explore the links in each article and utilize the NGO buying guides as featured.  Soon, you’ll realize Green Upholstery is actually part of the bigger picture in preserving a healthy body and planet.  We’re in this together, and I’m here to help. 

Peace and Love, Jen-Lan

Four Characteristics of Green Upholstery

General introduction to Green Upholstery.

"Flame retardants are chemicals that are supposed to slow ignition and prevent fires. They are used to meet flammability regulations. Flame retardants of concern include organohalogen and organophosphate chemicals such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and chlorinated tris (TDCPP)." (SixClasses.org)

 

"Studies of various commercial mixtures and individual congeners which suggested potential concerns about liver toxicity, thyroid toxicity, developmental toxicity, and developmental neurotoxicity. These findings and the presence of PBDEs in house dust and breast milk raise particular concerns about potential risks to children." (EPA.gov)

What is TB117-2013?

"Consumers: Although the new standard can be met without flame retardants, it does NOT ban their use. Consumers can look for a TB117-2013 tag on furniture, and verify with retailers that products do not contain flame retardants." (Home Furnishings Council, myhfa.org)

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"Was the furniture made in or before 1975?" (GreenSciencePolicy.org)

Natural Rubber Latex Foam vs. Conventional Foam

The real difference beyond the cushion.

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From cosmetics to water filters, and from seafood to lightbulbs, EWG.org has us covered!

Understanding Product Descriptions For A Sustainable Lifestyle

Why Non-Petroleum Matters

Our dependence on petroleum products threaten our health, lives, and planet.

Flame Retardants Are Still a Part of Everyday Life

Same story, different day.

The Cost of Green Upholstery

How to quantify the value of Green Upholstery.

The Difference a Good Seat Makes

What part about the plopping dictates the most comforatable seat?

The Power of a Small Repair

Sometimes the smallest thing makes all the difference.

The Dark Side of Furniture Restoration

What's at risk in the pursuit of the most non-toxic seat possible?

Choosing Furniture for the Eco-Modern Lifestyle

Genuine Green Upholstery is everything conventional/mass manufactured furniture, is not.

Truth Inside Your Furniture

 

What's accumlated and hiding in your couch?

Plant Powered Upholstery: Our Favorite Raw Materials

A closer look at their plant origins and how they make upholstery green.

Natural vs. Synthetic Fabrics

Which fabric content is the the most earth friendly?

The Chair Restoration Process:  Part Two, Green Upholstery

Explore the fabric and cushion layers not usually seen underneath the final outer fabric.

Your guide to Healthy Cleaning Products in Southern California

Reduce your exposure to household toxins with these natural alternatives.

Clean Better More Easily

How I reduce dust and fuming in my own home.

The Chair Restoration Process: Part One, The Frame

Strip and repair the wood, then refinish the wood.

The Plastics in Your Couch

Plastic materials hang around way longer than you think.

Elephants and Green Upholstery

Your couch really can effect the survival of animals in a different country.

The Big Bigger Picture of Recycling

The global journey of recyclables beyond the curbside.

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