REMOVING HARMFUL TOXINS FROM OUR LIVING SPACES
Our approach is different from most manufacturers – even some so-called “green” producers – whose materials and practices still bring unnecessary and toxic chemicals into your home. So how do we do it? There’s no mystery - every choice we make in designing, sourcing and crafting your sofa prioritizes the health of your family above all else.
Researchers at Duke University and the University of California-Berkeley found that 85% of couches contain toxic or untested flame-retardants, some of which are linked to health issues including cancer, lower IQ scores, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, fertility issues and thyroid disorders. That is why we go to great lengths to bring your family 100% non toxic furniture and we’re eager to share with you exactly what’s inside everything we make.
THIRD PARTY-CERTIFIED MATERIALS
We are passionate about sourcing only the cleanest materials for your home. That is why we only buy non toxic materials that have been certified by third parties which allows us to have full visibility into the chain of custody.
Wool and textiles
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 with its product label "Confidence in textiles" is the most well-known and most widespread independent certification worldwide for textiles tested for harmful substances.
Global Organic Textile Standard defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.
SKAL- Skal Biocontrole issues the European organic production logo and makes the reliability of organic products visible for buyer and consumer.
European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) certifies that products and services are suitable for people with allergies and intolerances. The seal was developed by the ECARF Foundation in close collaboration with experts from various fields.
Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) is a set of standards for processing, manufacturing, packing, labeling, trading and distribution of latex products. In addition to the use of organic raw material, this standard also concentrates on aspects such as human health, safety and welfare, and environment in the manufacturing process of latex products.
KNOW THE FACTS
You want a healthy sofa, free of all toxins that can impact your family. But nearly all couches available contain at least one of five different toxic chemicals and it can be confusing to navigate the array of green claims and definitions. So how do you get clear on what really matters and ensure the furniture you choose is truly healthy? Start by asking the manufacturer about the presence of the following toxins:
Chemical Flame Retardants (CFR)
Includes chemicals like polybrominated diphenyl or PBDE which are added to fabric, batting and foam to help prevent fires. CFRs are linked to a wide range of serious health issues and have been proven to be ineffective for fire prevention.
Usually has been treated with CFRs because flexible polyurethane foam is still highly flammable and will burn fast and hot and emit toxic fumes.
Can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat. High levels of exposure may cause some types of cancers.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
Commonly used in furniture paints, varnishes and wax, VOCs are a source of indoor air pollution that can lead to health impacts including eye and throat irritation, headaches and damage to the liver and nervous system as well as cancer.
Harmful petrochemical-based solvents present environmental risks both during manufacturing and disposal
OUR APPROACH TO GREEN
We carefully select organic materials and eliminate petrochemicals altogether in the materials we use inside your sofa. Our furniture contains NO chemical flame retardants. Certified organic Dunlop latex is used instead of petrochemical or soy foam, FSC-certified solid wood frames replace formaldehyde-treated pressboard, and organic cotton and organic wool batting is used instead of man-made alternatives. Our finishes have 0% VOC and we offer a broad range of certified upholstery fabric options.
Choose for yourself which approach works the best for you. Asking a lot of questions is a good way to start understanding what "green" companies are really selling and where their true priorities lie.