Here at, healthy upholstery is a big part of Health & Sustainable Living – for you and for the planet. We all want to feel assured that our home environment is safe from harmful chemicals, and that includes our furniture. The posts in this category contain links to front-line science to help you make your own informed decisions about your upholstery choices. Green organizations are working to improve reporting by furniture manufacturers to help you learn how to identify upholstered furniture that contains toxins, and providing recommendations for how to avoid them. In our rapidly changing economy, we are exploring the edges of what is possible for the re-upholstery industry, including restoration, remanufacture, emerging technologies and new materials & methods.

Natural & Organic Fabrics for Upholstery

By |2023-09-12T21:01:58+00:00November 27th, 2017|Natural Upholstery Materials, Upholstery Health & Sustainable Living|

  Chairs upholstered in Birch Organic Fabrics 'Flight' pattern Looking for a safe, healthy fabric for your upholstery project? We're talking about fabrics [...]

Interpreting the CA Flame Retardants Standard for Upholstered Furniture

By |2017-06-03T13:31:46+00:00August 15th, 2016|Natural Upholstery Materials, Upholstery Health & Sustainable Living, Upholstery Tips, Techniques & Repair|

With the new flame retardants test, is it only the outer upholstery fabric which should pass the test, or does it apply the filling materials [...]

Green Upholstery Cushions for a Vintage Airstream

By |2018-08-30T21:45:01+00:00April 26th, 2016|Natural Upholstery Materials, Uphol-stories, Upholstery Health & Sustainable Living|

In honor of Earth Day 2016, here's a compelling story of one person who is Taking the sustainable lifestyle on the road. James Berroya began renovating his 1969 Airstream [...]

Latex Foam as a Sustainable Option for Upholstered Furniture

By |2020-03-18T17:02:40+00:00May 31st, 2015|Natural Upholstery Materials, Upholstery Health & Sustainable Living|

Is Latex Foam Sustainable for People and the Planet? This is a question I've been pondering more often of late. We're not talking about latex [...]

The ‘Safer Sofa’ Foam Exchange

By |2018-08-30T20:08:06+00:00March 12th, 2015|Natural Upholstery Materials, Upholstery Health & Sustainable Living|

80-100% of a couch’s flame retardants are found in the foam inside removable cushions. Are you concerned about harmful flame retardant chemicals that may be [...]

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Organic and Natural Materials in Upholstery

By |2018-08-30T20:12:18+00:00February 2nd, 2015|Natural Upholstery Materials, Upholstery Health & Sustainable Living|

IS there such a thing as 'organic' upholstery? The confusion arises when we go to our knowledge of 'certified organic' products. Most of us are [...]

How to Avoid Harmful Flame Retardant Chemicals in your Furniture

By |2022-01-09T22:11:13+00:00November 10th, 2014|Upholstery Health & Sustainable Living|

What should I know about Flame Retardants in my furniture? The Bottom Line: When buying new, avoid upholstered furniture with a label stating it meets TB117. Instead, [...]


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