Update: Maine's legislature on August 2, 2017 passed the first comprehensive ban on chemical flame retardants sold in new furniture in the entire nation!
QUICK OVERVIEW RE: FLAME RETARDANTS IN UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE
Condo Sofa designs have been bench crafted using materials without chemical flame retardants since early 2012. We passed tests in November 2013 to be in compliance with the new TB 117-2013 law signed into effect January 1, 2014.
Our Condo Sofa designs were fully compliant with the newer standard signed by Governor Brown in November 2013. We had already removed all chemical flame retardants from our furniture designs and were first conventionally constructed furniture designs to voluntarily alter our construction to comply California chemical flame retardants legislation that went into effect January 1, 2015.
We expected the second half of the law’s implementation on January 1, 2015 to be a ban on the use of toxic flame retardant chemicals in furniture sold to residential consumers, but the law actually fell short of a ban.
Regardless, we removed from our store all products without clear labelling to indicate they are made without chemical flame retardants, and do not sell any furniture that contains chemical flame retardants or added formaldehyde.
Please read the updated FAQ's on Dr. Arlene Blum's website for the Green Science Policy Institute at
We decided to eradicate from our own designs all the flame retardants of questionable merit, making our furniture temporarily illegal for sale in California. As long as we aspired to serve a primarily New England market as a very small business, this was an easy decision with little financial consequence to us. When California laws were updated, we were the only ones with designs that removed all toxic flame retardants from conventionally designed furniture, expecting others would soon follow our example to be able to sell in California by 2015. (Again, the law never really banned the use of chemical flame retardants, so we find ourselves, more than 8 years after deciding to get rid of chemical flame retardants, still having this conversation.)
We decided to remove unnecessary toxic materials and replace them with less dangerous materials, provided we would not add to the cost or lower the quality of our designs. Condo Sofa is a conventionally built line of furniture with the best of old school construction eight-way hand-tied springs) and new technology to be able to modify our nontoxic sofa designs without compromising quality. We can modify frame styles and features, or we can fit a piece to your body or your wall space, or both. It also means our designs are much less expensive than 100% organic options or purely custom furniture, which often use certified organic materials not everyone needs, and which often add up to more than most people can afford.
Wherever you shop, demand furniture with zero chemical flame retardants - do not poison yourselves, friends, family, or pets!