GreenSpace: New standard cutting flame-retardant chemicals in furniture


In the market for some new furniture? That couch or armchair is changing – for the better, many health and environmental advocates say.

For that, we can thank California.

For nearly four decades, the Golden State has had a flammability standard for foam in upholstered furniture, requiring that it withstand 12 seconds of exposure to a small flame.

Since manufacturers don’t want to make separate products for each state, this became the de facto national standard. To meet it, they began using flame retardants, chemicals that, as time went by, were viewed by many as potentially dangerous…

Sandy Bauers