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Most upholstered furniture is made with polyurethane foam filling treated with toxic flame retardant chemicals. As polyurethane foam is made from petroleum, you can probably imagine three things – it is toxic, unsustainable, and highly flammable. Most manufacturers who use polyurethane foam use flame retardant chemicals to pass the California TB117 open fire test. As flame retardant chemicals are extremely toxic to humans and eco-system and cause an array of health problems including cancer, I highly recommend flame retardant-free furniture. When the California TB117-2013 becomes effective in January 1, 2015, there is no guarantee that every manufacturer will produce flame retardant-free furniture. The law makers designed the new flammability that way that it is easier to pass it without flame retardant chemicals but the use of flame retardant chemicals won’t be illegal.
The flame retardant-free furniture I recommend in this post is made with 100% natural latex for filling, organic cotton or hemp fabric for covers and has a wool barrier to pass the flammability test. Wool acts as a natural flame retardant. In general, polyurethane furniture is cheaper. However, I have seen very expensive furniture made of polyurethane foam. And if you consider all the health benefits you will be gaining, environmental goodwill you will be making, and the fact that natural latex is a material that lasts longer that polyurethane foam without sagging, you will know you are getting a great value. Here are a couple of places where you can buy furniture free of polyurethane foam, flame retardants, and other toxins.
EcoBalanza Flame Retardant-Free Furniture
EcoBalanza is another maker of absolutely flame retardant-free furniture. Their furniture filling is made from natural latex foam and organic cotton batting. They use an organic wool barrier for its flame retardant property, and the covers are made with organic cotton/hemp muslin. They also do custom orders and ship anywhere in the US. For more information about the EcoBalanza, go to www.greenerlifestyles.com.
Viesso Flame Retardant-Free Furniture
Viesso uses only natural material as well – natural latex, eco wool and organic cotton, and solid locally-sourced wood. They also use recycled fabrics and reclaimed woods. To buy their upholstered furniture, go to Viesso website. Please note that on its website, Viesso sells furniture of other makers and that furniture might not be fully natural and non-toxic. Look for Viesso’s eco-friendly option.
You can also buy Viesso sofas at the Ultimate Green Store. Click on the image below to see different colors and sizes.
Viesso Blumen Sofa – $2,882.00
from: The Ultimate Green Store
Bean Products, Inc. Flame Retardant-Free Furniture
Among other things, Bean Products carries flame retardant-free furniture made of 100% natural Dunlop latex foam, organic cotton batting, and covers made from durable natural hemp. All the other materials are non-toxic: wood, finishes, and glue. There are no flame retardants in upholstered furniture whatsoever. Bean Products furniture is made in the USA in Chicago and it is shipped anywhere in the US. They can make custom furniture for your taste and budget. To see their flame retardant-free furniture, go to Bean Products website here.
To find out about the furniture I bought, visit here.
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