Over the past few years, I have heard in the news about the likely dangers and ineffective but widespread use of flame retardants in furniture cushions. I'm in the market for a sofa, and I'd like to find one that is free of these chemicals.
Consumer Reports wrote, "In tests of 102 residential couches purchased in the U.S. from 1985 to 2010, scientists at Duke University and the University of California at Berkeley found that 85 percent of the couches they tested contained flame retardants."
So, clearly some sofas are made without flame retardants. But I'm having a difficult time finding sofas clearly identified as "flame-retardant free".
I contacted Pottery Barn; after much difficulty and initially contradictory claims of flame retardant usage, they finally acknowledged with certainty they add flame retardant to all of their sofas, despite some of them containing the word "organic" in the item description.
Are flame-retardant-free couches, directly labeled as such, sold in the US?