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

4 Jul 2014

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

18 Jun 2014

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.…

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Why can’t I buy flame retardant-free furniture in California yet?

Perhaps you, too, were waiting for that clock to strike midnight on January 1, 2014 to buy a new sofa. In that one second, a regulation that led to the use of toxic flame retardants in furniture and baby products for 38 years finally changed. And perhaps, full of excitement, you rushed to the store that very day, looking forward to buying a flame retardant-free couch or chair. Unfortunately, things have proved to be a bit more complicated. Under the…

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Getting the most out of our redesigned website

One month ago, Green Science Policy Institute launched our redesigned website for 2014. We reimagined the structure and layout from the ground up to help us achieve our mission of getting important information to the consumers, retailers, manufacturers and decision-makers who need it most. The redesign begins with the homepage. A regularly updated visual grid highlights our most active topics and exhibits “featured” items such as major new findings, policy decisions, or upcoming events.  From there, our updated About Us…

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A new year, with promising new regulations

2013 was a productive year for fire safety and for environmental health! Two important regulatory changes that take effect this year have the power to reduce the use of harmful flame retardant chemicals in consumer products while continuing a high standard of fire safety. First, California’s Technical Bulletin 117 (TB117) received a much-needed update in 2013 and is now in effect across the state. Second, California Assembly Bill 127 (AB127) generated a discussion of the validity of building insulation flammability…

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Huffington Post: Flame-retardant furniture may leave a toxic legacy

4 Jan 2014

Arlene Blum was trekking in the Himalayas when new regulations to reduce the pervasiveness of flame retardants hit the books on Jan. 1 — more than seven years after she began advocating the change and 37 years after she first published an article about health dangers of the chemicals. California’s new Technical Bulletin 117 removes a decades-old requirement that flame retardants be included in the filling of upholstered furniture.…

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Scientific American: Cancer-linked flame retardants eased out of furniture in 2014

31 Dec 2013

When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, new regulations kick into effect that may help usher in an era of less pervasive flame retardants in our home furnishings. The move caps a years-long campaign to alter regulations inextricably linked with a tobacco industry that sought to elude production of self-extinguishing cigarettes designed to limit couch fires.…

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