|No Laws should be passed if you enjoy the low cost of furniture.
Lets analyze what goes into furniture. First and foremost the padding, polyurethane foam, a petroleum product , cheaper and more toxic than latex an expensive
alternative. (see* at end of article)
Next is Dacron, that soft white fiber used over the foam to add loftiness. It's made from polyethylene terephthalate, another cheaper but toxic chemical. The more costly
alternative is cotton.
Then there's the lacquer wood finish. So toxic it must be sprayed in a booth wearing a special ventilator. Dries very fast and is tough as nails but continues to off gas many
months after it's applied. The alternative is a more costly vegetable dye.
Except for 100% cotton most fabrics have rayon, nylon or polyethylene in it. The dyes used for patterns are toxic and if that's not bad enough they spray it with fabric
protectors and glue like backing that's also toxic. The alternative is once again, an all natural, more costly linen, wool, or flax.
Chinese manufacturers were buying all their wood from America. I guess the wood in China is not suitable for furniture production. That is until they discovered the rubber
tree. A by-product of the tire industry. These trees typically live 20 years then must be taken out and replanted. They found this wood worked good for furniture. Only
problem is, it is loaded with insects, then when the furniture is shipped to the US it must be fumigated.
It can take up to two years for new furniture to off gas all of these toxic chemicals.
Passing laws to reduce toxic chemicals in furniture will result in very expensive furniture, possibly triple today's cost!
The alternative, restore or reupholster vintage furniture. Furniture from the 90's or later is better built. A good upholsterer will have a source for latex foam rubber. And if you
can find a piece built pre-50's there is a good chance it is already made with all natural products like horse hair, cotton and jute webbing. And the best part is it has already
* Latex foam
Latex is made from the sap of the rubber tree. It is made up of about 95% natural rubber, and 5% vulcanization and curing factors, which are usually washed out during the
final stages of manufacture, resulting in a product that is 99% natural rubber. Natural Latex is anti-microbial, naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, mold, and
mildew. Natural Latex is also biodegradable.
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