- Foam cushions are made of petroleum-based polyurethane, a highly flammable product. To rectify this, toxic, cancer causing flame retardants are added. This synthetic foam in the cushions breaks down over time. The end result is dust containing fire retardant chemicals polluting the indoor air which you and your family breath. These chemicals have become ubiquitous in the environment. They are found in wildlife tissue samples (both land and sea), breastmilk and other human body fluids.
- Wood used in most conventional furnishings is not solid, but rather particleboard. The manufacturing of particleboard involves the use of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Long term studies indicate that significant outgassing of formaldehyde continues for at least five years and possibly longer.
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from adhesives, dyes, wood stains and spray-on upholstery protectors (ie Scotchgard) carry the unique risk of perfluorochemicals (PFCs). The EPA says that these VOCs outgas and pollute indoor air. Studies of laboratory animals have found that PFCs may affect growth and development, reproduction, and injure the liver.
Wondering if Your Furniture is Safe?If all of this information has you wondering about furniture that was purchased before you started greening your lifestyle, take heart. There is something you can do now to make sure your existing furniture is safe for your family.
Duke University’s Superfund Research Center is assisting consumers by offering foam testing services. You simply send in a small sample of foam from your sofa or chairs and their research team will test it to see what fire retardant chemicals are in it and how badly it continues to off gas, if at all.
Additionally, we offer eco-positive non-toxic furnishings for your home, office, restaurant, salon and yacht. Wall units, kitchen cabinetry, upholstered furniture, bathroom vanities, tables, drapes and more…
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