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


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…

Victoria Colliver