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New Living has just become the first company in the world to achieve MADE SAFE® certification for a sofa. Their Tilly Sofa’s MADE SAFE seal is the first clear signal to shoppers that a piece of home furniture has been screened for harmful ingredients.

Headlines abound about toxic chemicals in foam-based furniture, but because couches don’t come with ingredient/materials labels, shoppers have had little way of knowing which products are made without them.

Most couches and recliners are made with polyurethane foam, which is coated with flame retardants. Studies show that these toxic chemicals appear immediately in the bloodstream and urine, and have linked flame retardants to long-term impacts like endocrine disruption, lower IQ, ADD, fertility issues, thyroid disease and cancer. They are heavy polymers and wind up in common household dust; they’re inhaled and consumed and then stored in our fat, and they bio-accumulate and increase through the food chain.

What’s worse, studies are showing that these added flame retardants aren’t even effective in preventing or slowing fires.

Polyurethane foam may also emit harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can irritate eyes, nose and throat, cause headaches, and some are linked to cancer.

The Tilly Sofa does not contain any foam. It’s made with compressed wood and natural latex. The latex is lined with wool, and the whole thing is covered with an organic cotton mattress.

New Living consciously crafts its furniture using green chemistry approaches and clean manufacturing in an effort to protect workers from harmful chemicals—not to mention the families that buy their furniture. They’re also determined to make nontoxic furniture more accessible to people: the Tilly Sofa is affordably priced in comparison to other carefully-crafted furniture, retailing at $2900.

Learn more here.

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