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  1. One problem with hazards such as this one is that people don’t have a handle on the problem. We don’t understand the effects on kids or on cats and dogs. We are not doing the work to find out probably because the manufacturers prevent it happening.

  2. What a very interesting subject and one I must admit to not thinking about before.
    I wonder if with time the toxic in the foam lessens and is it harmful if the furniture is intact with no splits or tears in?
    As we buy nothing with any animal parts we don’t have leather furniture, we have vinyl but what is inside I have no idea.
    I need to learn more about this.

    • I don’t buy leather either – not even my shoes are made of real leather. I don’t like it. I like canvass alot better as a strong material for bags or what have you.

    • I think the subject is “under the radar” because you can’t see it and see no obvious effects. The worrying thing for me is that flame retardants are big business and big business gets its way with governments.

      Apparently the chemicals used are everywhere in nature. They are poisoning nature as well, much like the bees are being poisoned in the UK by pesticides.

  3. I don’t know anything about this although I will look into it. ….or get somebody who speaks the language to 🙂 I have a couple of old couches – 3 actually. One was made in England in the 80s and it’s a sofa bed but the cats like to go inside it and tear out the foam. There’s another old Swiss sofa bed – they don’t pull out that foam and another couch which must have foam in it but they leave that one alone. I’ll have to do something to stop them getting inside the English sofa bed. Gigi went in there for a whole night when there were fireworks outside. They love to tear out the foam from that one. It came over from my mums place in london. It was in here spare room for many years so I guess it’s not the most ideal situation. The good thing is that a sofa bed has much less foam and much more crappy spring bed mechanics and a thin mattress. Very uncomfortable to sleep on actually.

    • Maybe it is not wise to let them tear out the foam if there might be fire retardants in it. Your sofa is old so less likely to contain fire retardants. I like the fact that you allow your cats to tear a sofa apart 😉

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