January 13, 2016 04:22pm by Alison
A big part of our firms’ business is fabricating custom upholstery. So many people want to avoid living with the toxic chemicals inherent in furniture found at stores and at designer showrooms. And it’s important that people know that they can come to us for this service due to the high level of toxicity in today’s conventionally made furniture. Chemicals once thought banned were brought into use again and upholstered furniture has never been so toxic.
Conventional and store bought furniture is predominately petroleum oil based. From the foams, to the fillers, to the Dacron, the polyester fabrics,the composite wood materials, the adhesives and to the finishes, a sofa is most literally a highly flammable piece of goods. Hence, the required (and toxic) flame retardants, (which would not be required if built from natural and sustainable materials).
Even soy foam can only have a maximum of 20% soy material added to a toxic polyurethane foam, which is the epitome of green washing. And over 90% of soy grown is genetically modified, is using acreage from pillaged and precious rain forest land, and is replacing food crops with non-eatable crops.
The furnishing items we go to for comfort and safety, for healing, recuperation and respite – our beds, over stuffed chairs and sofas – are poisoning us more than ever before.
And this is why it’s so very important to use time proven, quality, natural materials when fabricating furnishings for our homes and indoor environments. Some of the materials we use are:
- 100%natural latex from the rubber tree, containing no additives, which is hypo-allergenic, dust mite resistant, is of heirloom quality, is the most naturally conforming and is the most resilient foam known to man; it’s also anti-microbial and will not support the growth of mold, mildew, fungus or bacteria
- Certified organic wool, from happy, free roaming sheep that is cruelty free, dust mite resistant and naturally flame resistant
- Organic cotton which removes the use of toxic pesticides that end up in our water, air and food chain; and in barrier cloth which also adds a dust mite barrier, making it inhospitable for dust mites to live beneath the surface of it and is an aid in an allergen-free upholstery system
- Hemp, for its’ mold resistance, it’s color retention, its’ breathability and absorbency; also because it’s one of the most durable and strongest of all the natural fibers which does not exhaust the soil but adds nutrients to healthy earth for succeeding crops
Our AKP fine earth friendly furnishings is built to last, representing the best of choices, including the final fabric. This sofa is complete in a Two Sisters Eco textiles hemp and linen blend. One of the best environmentally conscious textile companies around, a rock-star in the Green industry.
Considering the choices we have today to improve not only our homes, but our lives and the lives of our children, eco-intelligent furniture is a worthwhile investment. After all, it’s the cheap petrol oil products in our furnishings that make it cheap to buy…but it’s certainly not cheap to regulate and clean up after such products are exposed to our natural environment, or the health of our loved ones.
Ahh….It’s good to have choices.
A Happy New Year to you and yours!
Please refer to the Fact Sheet below for more information on these components.
100% Natural Latex: contains no synthetic additives, made from the sap of the Hevea Brasilienesis rubber tree.
100% natural latex is the most durable and time tested foam known to man. It is the most resilient, naturally conforming, heirloom quality materials available. Natural latex has been extensively tested since the 1950s due to its’ use in mattresses and commercial use. These applications have shown 100% natural latex to be superior to all synthetic, man-made foams and rubbers.
Even more impressive than the quality and durability of 100% natural latex is its’ hygienic and medical properties. This natural foam is hypoallergenic, (no latex allergy has ever been associated with 100% natural latex rubber). It is naturally antimicrobial and will not support the growth of mold, mildew, fungus or bacteria. The Institute of Hygiene in Mainz, Germany tested 100% natural latex hospital mattresses and stated, under normal conditions, the tested latex foam did not need to be disinfected. Even in contagious disease wards. The mattresses remained bacteria resistant to scarlet fever, diphtheria and dysentery, to name a few. 100% natural latex is also dust mite resistant.
These proven characteristics make 100% natural latex the only choice for high use furniture and mattresses, and for people with allergies, for children and pets. The sofa can become a safe haven even during flu season.
In addition to 100% natural latex foam rubber, AKP fine earth friendly furnishings uses Pure Grow Wool™ batting to wrap cushions instead of conventional Dacron™ (a petroleum based spun fiber). Pure Grow Wool™ batting is cruelty free and untreated. It is the most resilient, organic fiber on earth, having the ability to spring back to its’ original size and shape. It is also naturally dust mite and flame resistant.
Wool is used in natural mattresses and furniture to meet strict federal flammability regulations, without the use of fire retardant chemicals and is approved by the Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation.
100% natural latex and Pure Grow Wool™ batting together create an inhospitable environment for dust mites. As a first barrier of prevention, AKP fine earth friendly furnishings uses 100% organic cotton barrier cloth, which is a tightly woven fabric used to encase the latex and wool, preventing human skin cells from settling into the upholstery, thus eliminating the food source for dust mites; as well as, the habitation of the dust mites themselves and their waste product, which actually is the cause of allergic reactions.
This is how AKP fine earth friendly furnishings creates an allergen free upholstery system. We use only the finest, highest quality, environmentally processed talalay 100% natural latex, manufactured in California. Our Pure Grow Wool™ comes from happy, free-range sheep in California. And we manufacture our furniture and mattresses locally in Los Angeles, supporting local economy and paying a living wage.
Helping others to live well and to live beautifully.
Project Manager, Construction Supervisor, Technical Consultant, Materials Specialist for AKP fine earth friendly furnishings