Houston Chronicle: Chem-free beds are doctor’s orders

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Article includes this section on the Safer Sofa Foam Exchange:

[quote style="1" author="Ingrid Lobet"]

The demand for cleaner furnishings across the country is leading to some other unconventional furniture behavior. Two weeks ago in the Bay Area in California, a foam business owner teamed up with a longtime researcher for a “Safer Sofa Foam Exchange.” Rather than replacing a still-useful sofa, customers could bring in their old couch cushions, have them measured, and order flame retardant-free replacement foam, at a discounted price.
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[ulist style="2"] Read Entire Article via Houston Chronicle: Chem-free beds are doctor’s orders [/ulist]

14th Annual Workshop on Brominated and Other Flame Retardants

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Event: 14th Annual Workshop on Brominated and Other Flame Retardants
Dates: June 22-24, 2014
Location: Hyatt Hotel
Indianapolis, IN

At this annual conference:

  • Arlene Blum (Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute) chaired a session on flame retardant policy
  • Graham Peaslee (Professor of Chemistry, Hope College) delivered a presentation on responsible disposal of flame-retarded foam and plastic, with input from Stephen Naylor (Science and Policy Associate, Green Science Policy Institute)

The Science and Policy of Organohalogens in Consumer Products

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When: August 31, 2014, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Meliá Castilla Hotel, Calle Capitán Haya, 43, 28020 – Madrid, Spain
Registration: Click here

What: Before the 2014 Dioxin symposium, leading scientists will share their expertise on the science and policy of organohalogen flame retardants and fluorinated chemicals. Following short talks and group discussions, we will develop actionable steps to bring the scientific information to decision makers to protect human health and the environment from these harmful chemicals.

Please register in advance using the online form. If you have questions, please contact simona@greensciencepolicy.org.

Speakers and topics

Arlene Blum, Green Science Policy Institute, U.S.
Success stories about reducing the use of flame retardants in consumer products

Linda Birbaum, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, U.S.
The toxicology of TBBPA

Miriam Diamond, University of Toronto, Canada
Canadian and US fire safety standards

Roland Weber, POPs Environmental Consulting, Goeppingen, Germany
End-of-life considerations for consumer products containing flame retardants

Terry Edge, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK
A proposal to change the UK flammability regulations that could reduce the use of flame retardants in UK furniture

Gretta Goldenman, Milieu Ltd, Belgium
EU chemical policy

Susan Shaw, U.S. Marine Environmental Research Institute, U.S.
Accumulation of flame retardants and perfluorinated chemicals in firefighters

Martin Scheringer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Poly- and perfluorinated chemicals and alternatives

Contribution (to cover lunch and venue rental)

Students: €10 cash at the door, or $14 in advance via Paypal
Academia/Nonprofit/Government: €25 cash at the door, or $35 in advance via Paypal
Industry: €100 cash at the door, or $140 in advance via Paypal

Dioxin 2014 Science and Policy Workshop Advisory Committee

  • Linda Birnbaum, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, US
  • Arlene Blum, UC Berkeley and Green Science Policy Institute, US
  • Miriam Diamond, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Gretta Goldenman, Milieu Ltd
  • Olga Kalantzi, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Perihan Kurt, Bursa Teknik University, Turkey
  • David Mortimer, Chemical Safety Division, Food Standards Agency, UK
  • Myrto Petreas, California Department of Toxic Substances, U.S.
  • Martin Rose, Food and Environment Research Agency, UK
  • Arnold Schecter, University of Texas School of Public Health, U.S.
  • Martin Scheringer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
  • Susan Shaw, U.S. Marine Environmental Research Institute, U.S.
  • Marta Vernier, Indiana University, U.S.
  • Roland Weber, POPs Environmental Consulting, Germany
  • Tom Webster, Boston University School of Public Health, U.S.

Register Now

SF Chronicle: Program seeks to get harmful chemicals out of furniture

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[quote style="1" author="Victoria Colliver"]

When Lori Yonelunas decided to detoxify her life, she knew she had to do something about her toxic leather couch but was reluctant to get rid of it.

The Campbell woman understood that the foam in her relatively new eight-cushion sectional contained harmful flame-retardant chemicals. “Once you know (about the chemicals), how do you keep sitting on your cushions, knowing you’re poofing up cancer?” she said.

On Tuesday, Yonelunas was among the customers at the opening of Foam Order, one of four Bay Area stores participating in a “foam exchange” program that for a price replaces old couch innards with new polyurethane foam that is free of the chemicals that furniture manufacturers have been putting in their products for the past four decades…
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[ulist style="2"] Read Entire Article via SF Gate: Program seeks to get harmful chemicals out of furniture [/ulist]

Safer Sofa Foam Exchange Official Launch

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Event: Safer Sofa Foam Exchange Official Launch
Date & Time: Tuesday, June 17th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Foam Order showroom
1325 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103

The Safer Sofa Foam Exchange officially kicked off with a Launch Event at the Foam Order showroom in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 17.

Customers brought their couch and chair cushions in for foam replacement all day to receive a 20% discount off the price of the new flame retardant-free foam. The event also included a press conference featuring local firefighters, Toxic Hot Seat filmmaker Jamie Redford, representatives from the San Francisco Department of Environment.

Read more about this event in the following day’s front-page story for the San Francisco Chronicle: Program seeks to get harmful chemicals out of furniture

The launch event is over now, but the Foam Exchange continues! You can still sign up for foam exchange of your couch cushions by clicking here

SFC Next Virtual Conference

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Event: SFC Next Virtual Conference
Date & Time: Friday, June 13th, 11:00 am – 4:45 pm EDT

The Sustainable Furnishings Council is proud to present a one day virtual conference with a focus on healthy and environmentally smart choices for the industry and our consumers in their homes. A different kind of conference, the event features an impressive roster of speakers from innovative companies, organizations, and governmental programs in a day-long series of online conversations.

More information here

Featuring Dr. Don Lucas of the Green Science Policy Institute on the following panel:
1:00-1:45pm EDT – Moving Towards Safer Chemicals in Home Furnishings
How can we promote innovative chemical technologies that reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances in the design and manufacture of home furnishings? How can we advocate for policies and regulations that promote the health of the planet and companies’ bottom lines? Learn from the panel insights on the green chemistry revolution and the current state of policy and regulation regarding toxins.