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


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 Utech-polyurethane.com. The move effectively cancels the requirement for fabric-upholstered furniture to pass an open flame resistance test.

GSPI director Arlene Blum said her organisation considers non-flame retarded foam safer than foam with flame retardant because the “fire performance of both flame retarded foam and non-flame retarded foam is dependent on the size and conditions of the fire as well as on the composition and density of the foam.”…

Jane Denny