WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT FLAME RETARDANT CHEMICALS, OFF-GASSING, STAIN RESISTANT TREATMENTS & INDOOR/OUTDOOR FABRICS
In this blog post we're going to address the top 4 concerns our customers have about certain potentially harmful chemicals used in some textile decor products, and whether we use them. (TL; DR: No, we don't.)
FLAME RETARDANT CHEMICALS - WE DON'T USE THEM
When we are asked if we use flame retardant chemicals on our products the primary concern of our consumers is to avoid purchasing a product treated with certain flame retardant chemicals which are now known to be carcinogenic. In years past, these chemicals were required to sell certain things such as beds and sofas inside the state of California, to save people who fell asleep with a lit cigarette. Now that these chemicals are known to be carcinogenic, California has reversed its position and now requires consumers to be warned against these specific chemicals. We have never treated our products with these chemicals.
Our fabric suppliers are required to label fabrics treated with these flame retardant chemicals; we do not buy fabric labeled as having been treated with these flame retardant chemicals. We list our fabric content on our RN labels and on our website.
Our foam supplier sells us mixed scrap latex foam. Our supplier provides a variable mix of natural and synthetic latex foam. Our foam supplier does not treat the latex foam with the carcinogenic flame retardant chemicals that were once required in California. We also list the foam content on our RN labels and on our website.
You should know that if you expose our product to flame, or a smoldering heat such as a lit cigarette, it could catch on fire, although we have not tested how many seconds or minutes it might require to catch fire.
STAIN RESISTANT TREATMENTS - YOU HAVE OPTIONS
Some of our consumers are also interested in whether stain resistant treatments are sprayed on our products. We do not apply a stain resistant chemical treatment to our products.
Some of our fabric suppliers apply a stain resistant treatment similar to Scotch Guard to the fabrics before they ship the fabric to us; some of our fabric suppliers never apply any protective treatments to their fabrics.
If you wish to select cushions made with fabrics that have never been treated with a stain resistant protective treatment, you can shop the Brisbane Collection or the Premiere Collection. Items in these collections are free from stain resistant chemicals.
For our cushions in other collections, any stain resistant treatments or fabric protective treatments applied by the fabric manufacturer, can be removed by washing with a gentle detergent. Just select any of our machine washable cushions.
NO WATER REPELLANT CHEMICALS ON OUR OUTDOOR FABRICS
We are aware of an increasing number of companies that are using chemical treatments to render natural fibers such as cotton "safe" to use outside. These fabrics are then turned into products which are advertised as "indoor/outdoor". Our indoor/outdoor products are made from 100% spun polyester or olefin fibers that are naturally able to shed water (or other liquids) because of the shape of the fibers; this gives them inherent water resistance & stain resistance, without the use of chemicals, and allows them to protect themselves against mildew damage without the use of fungicides, or anti-microbials. Unlike cotton fabrics treated with chemicals or wax coatings that may lose their effectiveness over time, our indoor/outdoor fabrics made from 100% spun polyester or olefin will always be safe to use outdoors -all you have to do is allow them to dry completely.
MEMORY FOAM OFF-GASSING - WE DON'T USE MEMORY FOAM
The other concern our consumers often have, especially in the nursery, is to avoid certain memory foam products which are known to offgas. We do not use memory foam in any of our products. Latex is not the same thing as memory foam.
Our natural/synthetic latex blend has a natural odor which most people can barely smell, which many people describe as being similar to vanilla. Fewer than 0.001% of individuals may be hypersensitive to the smell of latex foam, instead of a faint sweet odor they smell a strong odor; most hyper-sensitive individuals report decreased awareness of the odor after washing or airing the cushions.