What is the future of fire retardants in the furniture industry?
“No FRs in Furniture & Furnishings
“I’ll take that chair without FRs, thank you.” With the release of the new California standard, hospitals across the country announced their preference for upholstered furniture without FRs, including: Kaiser Permanente, followed by Advocate Health Care, Beaumont Health System, Hackensack University Medical Center, and University Hospitals. Manufacturers are following the changing standards and market demand for FR-free furniture/furnishing products. The NGO, Center for Environmental Health tracks FR-free furniture/furnishings including: children’s nap mats, mattresses, baby changing pads, and residential and commercial furniture. The architectural firm, Perkins+Will, tracks FR-free products that meet another California standard, TB 133. And a recent article in The Guardian detailed market movement in the commercial sector where the likes of Haworth, Herman Miller, and Steelcase are all responding to market demand.
The market trajectory in furniture and furnishings is clearly away from FRs in foam and fabrics to products that are inherently flame resistant. Naturepedic, for example, manufactures changing pads, and baby and adult mattresses without any FRs. Beware that companies may eliminate FRs in the foam while keeping the FRs in the fabric.”