Vermont Furniture: No Toxic Chemicals Here

Vermont Furniture:  No Toxic Chemicals Here
These happy campers aren’t a bit worried about toxic chemicals in their furniture.  Lucky for them Vermont (a leader in product safety standards) banned the toxic flame retardant Deca from furniture and electronics in 2009 and there is a new bill in Monteplier seeking to ban other fire retardants, including Tris. Fire retardants are used in upholstered furniture but are not (and have never been) used in the natural wood furniture Vermont is famous for.

In 2009  legislators in Montpelier passed a bill banning toxic flame retardant chemicals in Vermont furniture.  Of course the natural wood furniture Vermont is so well known for, isn’t the target of this legislation as it has never had flame retardant chemicals applied to it.   It’s upholstered furniture, shipping pallets and baby mattresses that are of biggest concern right now.  Although we don’t make much upholstered furniture in Vermont, we need to guard our citizens against harmful substances in products brought in from other states and countries.

If you have babies or young children in your house, you might be interested in a recent study  by the Center for Environmental Health which found over 90% of children’s nap mats, such as those used at child care centers, contain toxic, potentially carcinogenic flame retardant chemicals (this study included nap mats from nationwide retailers, including a sample from Vermont).  Toxins from fire retardants move from nap mats and couches into dust and then into people’s bodies.  This is why toddlers who play on the floor and pets who groom their fur have such high levels of flame retardant chemicals in their bodies.

Vermonters who wish to support bill (S.81) to expand the state’s 2009 ban on toxic flame retardant chemicals can learn more about it here and contact their legislators to voice their opinions.

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Peggy Farabaugh

She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.