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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Safer Choice/Design for the Environment (DfE): Furniture Flame Retardancy Partnership

Safer Choice/Design for the Environment (DfE): Furniture Flame Retardancy Partnership

The Furniture Flame Retardancy Partnership was a joint venture between the Furniture Industry, Chemical Manufacturers, Environmental Groups and the Environmental Protection Agency to better understand fire safety options for the furniture industry. The primary flame retardant historically used in low-density flexible polyurethane foam (pentabromodiphenyl ether - pentaBDE) will no longer be manufactured for sale in the U.S. as of January 1, 2005, because of a voluntary phase-out by the sole U.S. manufacuturer. Through the Furniture Flame Retardancy Partnership, EPA and its partners hope to identify and move toward environmentally friendly approaches to meeting fire safety standards. The web site for the Partnership features project background information, milestones, publications, and information on partners.



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