My foam exchange story: How I saved big bucks without passing the buck

I bought my sofa in California, “home” of the TB117 standard. I know 75-94% of sofas tested contain flame retardants. And clear as day, sewn onto my couch was a TB117 label. You would think I’d take the hint, but I was convinced that my sofa was okay. My sofa was nice! Then I had it tested and found out my foam wasn’t so nice. The foam contained TDCPP (chlorinated Tris) and TPP (triphenyl phosphate). High levels of TDCPP and…

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U-Tech Polyurethane: Foam exchange programme to replace flame retardant furnishing launches in California

20 May 2014

San Francisco, California – A programme called the Safer Sofa Foam Exchange is offering to replace flame-retarded foam in furniture with what the Green Science Policy Institute (GSPI) describes as a “new option for avoiding flame-retardant chemicals.”

The initiative follows the state’s new TB-117-2013 furnishings ‘smolder standard for fabric’ flammability which comes into effect at the start of next year, as previously reported at The move effectively cancels the requirement for fabric-upholstered furniture to pass an open flame resistance test…

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