Flame Retardant Free Furniture, Coming to a Store Near You

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Flame retardants were added to furniture to help keep us safe but they may be harming our long term health. Studies have linked the flame retardants polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, to memory and learning problems, delayed development, fertility issues, and thyroid disruptions. Some flame retardants have also been linked to cancer.

Studies have also shown these flame retardants may not be effective. Leaving us questioning their use even more.

In 1977, brominated tris was banned from children’s pajamas, when DNA damage was shown in animals. Two PBDEs were pulled from the U.S. market in 2004. Yet the chemical banned in the pajamas is still used in upholstered furniture!

Thankfully, last month New York Senator Chuck Schumer introduced a new bill, The Children and Firefighter Protection Act, to ban the ten most toxic flame retardants in upholstered furniture and children’s products.

And even better news, some companies are already making the changes! NRDC conducted a survey of 16 major U.S. furniture stores to find out which were taking the harmful chemicals out.

The Futon Shop and Crate & Barrel already have flame retardant free products available. La-Z- Boy will starting later this year. William-Sonoma (Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm),  IKEA, and Interline (Scandinavian Designs, Dania, Plummers) will have flame retardant free options starting in 2015.

Ethan Allen and Wal-Mart say they are committed to phasing out the chemicals but aren’t sure when the products will be available. Pier 1, Restoration Hardware, and Target haven’t addressed the issue yet. And American Signature, Cost Plus, Macy’s, Rooms-to-Go and Sears didn’t respond to NRDC’s requests for information.

Click this chart to read the full report:

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Also be sure to check out Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Five Easy Steps to Take Action for Toxic-Free Furniture.

Will you be shopping from the stores that are removing flame retardants in the future? What will you do until then?

Photo Credit:FASTILY

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Fall Carpet Freshener

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Carpet can hold onto odors and leave your home smelling less than fresh. There are many carpet cleaning and freshening products out there but they often contain harmful chemicals like synthetic fragrance. Making your own is a cheap and safe alternative. This is my favorite version for fall.

Ingredients

Directions

Pour baking soda into jar, add essential oils, and shake well. Add bay leaf and close jar. When not using keep the lid without the holes on the jar to maintain the scent. To use simple sprinkle over the carpet, allow to sit for 15 minutes- 1 hour, and vacuum normally.

Tip: Use more or less of the essential oils to fit your tastes.

What are some of your favorite ways to freshen your home naturally? Share in the comments below or share on my Facebook page.

This post is part of the Weekday Wreakers DIY Linkup

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Happy National Coffee Day! (includes recipes!)

Today is National Coffee Day but you don’t have to rush out to the local coffee shop. Making your own tasty coffee drinks at home is easy and can reduce a lot of waste. Here are some of my favorite recipes.

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Mint Blended Coffee

cookie dough coffee

caramel coffee

black forest coffee

What is your favorite way to drink coffee? Share in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook.

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Date in The City

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This past Saturday my husband and I went on a nice day trip to the Oklahoma City area. On our way there we stopped in the small town of Purcell. Purcell was a railroad town and was founded in 1887. It has a very historic downtown. We stopped there because I had heard they have some very nice antique stores.

Hotel Love

The first store we went to was amazing. I could have spent hours there. It’s in the historic Hotel Love. It was built in 1895. For the past 30 years it has been owned by a lovely couple, Jerry and Elaine Butler. They were there today and were such sweet people.

Hotel Love

When Jerry and Elaine first owned the hotel it was a drug store. After Jerry went to an auction and got some antiques, which they placed in the windows. People started asking where the antique store was. They wanted to look around even when they told them there wasn’t one. After some of their items ended up in the movie Twister they went into the antique business full time.

Hotel Love
The shop is two stories and you go through several of the beautiful old hotel rooms. They items are displayed in such a beautiful way. The other stores in town were great as well but this one was really special.

After Purcell we headed up to Oklahoma City to Dave and Buster’s. We had a nice time playing games for awhile and then went to an antique store I really like in Oklahoma City. They have a lot of beautiful furniture and other great items.

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My amazing dessert!

After that it was a quick stop in Whole Foods and back down to Norman. In Norman we had a wonderful dinner and Benvenuiti’s, a really nice Italian restaurant. After dinner we made a quick stop at Target, then grabbed some coffee and headed back home. It was a lovely day.

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What I Wore

Mint Polka Dot Skirt: LeBomb Shop
White Cardigan: New York & Company (not available anymore)
Purple Top: ModCloth (not available anymore)
Purple Flats: Payless (not available anymore)
Black Vintage Inspired Purse: Etsy (not available anymore)
White Vintage Bangle: Antique Store
Black & White Polka Dot Hair Tie: ModCloth
Pearl Stud Earrings: Gift from Husband

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Haul: two pairs of vintage gloves and a vintage navy purse

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Pin Up Night

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Last weekend a local shop had a Pin Up Night event. I wear vintage/vintage repo daily so I used this as a good time to go all out. It was a lot of fun to see everyone in the pinup inspired clothing.

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JJ DeVour, myself, and my cousin Leslie. (photo by Casey Howard)

The night was featuring a friend of mine JJ DeVour, a pin up model. She was selling and signing some of her beautiful prints. I have seen a lot of work but it was fun to see some photos I hadn’t seen before. She is such a beautiful model and also a very sweet lady.

Pin Up Night

Ash & Ange, Pandamonium (photo by Casey Howard)

Music was provided by some Happyland Music Alliance (the business my family and some friends started) bands. Ash & Ange opened, they were wonderful. Pandamonium then played and everyone really enjoyed them.

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My cousin Leslie and myself (photo by Casey Howard)

After the party we headed over to a local bar. It was a lot of fun and kind of funny to see people’s faces when a lot of people dressed in pin up showed up. It was also nice to have a night were I wasn’t the only person wearing vintage inspired clothing. Plus my husband bought me a new outfit for the party, that’s always a good thing!

What I Wore

Navy Floral DressDress: LeBomb Shop
Black Petticoat: ModCloth
Navy Cardigan: New York & Company (not available anymore)
Pearl Necklace & Earrings: Gifts from my husband
Navy Pumps (not pictured): ModCloth
Seamed Stockings (not pictured): ModCloth (not available anymore)
Blue Purse (not pictured): Vintage from Etsy

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