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Creating Chemical Free Mattresses

The Futon Shop, a family business since 1976, is dedicated to continue to manufacture premium organic chemical-free healthy mattresses, and eco-friendly furniture for you and your family. Let us help you make your bedroom and your home safe from harmful chemicals. It’s so simple; just ask your doctor or chiropractor’s for a note or prescription for no fire retardants added to your mattress. Most retailers purchase their mattresses in bulk and are unable to eliminate harmful fire retardants. Our custom made, premium organic and green futon mattresses can easily empower you to choose whether or not you want fire retardant in your mattress.

The Futon Shop strives to create the kind of awareness that will empower the eco-conscience consumer to understand what is in the products they are buying, and that they have choices. The reason that laws have been mandated to control fire resistant mattresses is consumer safety from deadly house fires. The latest federal fire regulation is 16 CFR part 1633, which requires all mattresses to pass an open flame test. In California Technical Bulletin 117 applies for upholstered furniture and mandates every single component in an upholstered sofa be flame retardant.

According to US consumer Product Safety Commission, under regulated FDA flammability requirements of 16 CFR part 1633, with a doctor’s prescription from a licensed health care professional, one can purchase a bed or mattress without fire retardants. The Futon Shop has followed the law, by adding the most natural fire retardant to our cotton batting in the form of Borate aka Borax, aka Boric Acid. As for All Futon mattresses manufactured at The Futon Shop, the fire retardant boric acid is only sprinkled into the cotton, and no fire retardant exist in our soy-foam, latex or wool. Boric acid is not a known carcinogen by the EPA, the state of California or the IARC International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Nevertheless as a consumer, you have the right to eliminate fire retardants of any kind in the products you buy for your health and your family. We want you to have voice and have choice.

In California
FEBRUARY 1, 2011 Senator Leno proposed fire safety act SB147 to the senate. This bill would be added to Section 19161.7 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to furniture and would read:

19161.7.  The bureau, on or before March 1, 2013, shall modify
Technical Bulletin 117 regarding product standards for fire retardant
furniture to include an alternative flammability standard that can
be met without the use of chemical fire retardants and does not
compromise fire safety. In developing the alternative standard, the
bureau shall consider a smoulder standard for upholstery such as the
draft standard proposed by the federal Consumer Product Safety
Commission (16 C.F.R. Part 1634, as published in the Federal Register
on March 4, 2008).

We want to have a voice and a choice so join us and change California law to protect you and your family. Supporters of SB 147 The consumer choice fire safety act link http://www.psr-la.org/files/SB_147_Supporters.pdf

Nationally Safe Chemicals Act of 2011
Take action and ask your senators to support the Safe Chemical Act of 2011. This act would increase the safety of chemicals used in consumer products, increase public access to health and safety information, and protect vulnerable populations like pregnant woman and children.

The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 is a long-overdue modernization of the Toxic Substances Control Act. It address the problems with TSCA that have been identified by the EPA, Government Accountability Office, and industry leaders that have testified in Senator Lautenberg’s Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics, and Environmental Health over the past two years. The bill also comports with principles for TSCA reform issued by the Obama Administration, the American Chemistry Council, and the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition.

Act NOW http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6639/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6777

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