Healthier Living, One Sofa at a Time:
We are NOT California Compliant now; Our Commitment to Safety and Quality
At Endicott Home Furnishings, we created Condo Sofa*, a line of smaller, high quality seating specifically for smaller spaces. We also order many larger scale furniture styles, but Northern New England customers needed smaller scale furniture to go into smaller homes.
We also alter our designs to accommodate the space, look, or body (i.e. make sure the hips stay above knees for customers that can visit our physical store). While biometric fitting is best done in the store, face to face, we will add a skirt, modify cushions, or make a special size for remote or local consumers.
Our older child is about the age of our business, now 9. Because we design and create furniture that meet the needs of our local customer base, we learned about partial substitutes of soy for polyurethane in the seat cushions, "greener" frame designs, recycled components in arms and in back cushions, and implemented these in our designs. However, it was very difficult to find alternatives to the pervasive flame retardants in foam seat cores. Years of inquiries to suppliers led to the same answers about how the "bad stuff" is out, "...now we have this great new California compliant cushion". So, it has to have flame retardants in it. Until we heard of ZERO flame retardants, we were not inspired to make changes.
Because the 11% or so (by weight) flame retardants in most seat cushions is not flexible nor resilient, removing them makes a much stronger, better performing seat cushion. Zero flame retardant seat cores are firmer, should last much longer, provide more uniform and robust support, and may allow us to live longer, too: eliminating pounds of known carcinogens per sofa cushion can't be a bad idea.
We have since replaced all seat cores with zero flame retardants polyurethane foam. The remaining areas of the sofa have all been examined, and where we did find foam that could have flame retardants, like the inner back and inner arms, that has been changed to the same zero flame retardant foam we use in the seat cushions. The rest of the sofa materials we use were tested by the university labs of Dr. Heather Stapleton at Duke University, and in early June 2013 we learned none has any added flame retardant chemicals. We can now say with clear conscience that our furniture is much less toxic than it was a year ago.
These changes to our design make our furniture line incompatible with CA law, so we are not able to ship our furniture to CA while TB117 remains on the law books there.
We are very committed to high quality and sensible pricing. We will continue to identify and replace components as less toxic substitutes become available, provided the quality of the materials and end product are not compromised, and the net cost to the consumer is not increased significantly.
Thanks for reading and caring. Do whatever you can to agitate, activate, and eradicate harmful chemicals from our homes and the environment.