All products offered by Pine Street Natural Interiors are completely safe and sustainable. Inside Green™ technology, used in our upholstered furniture, provides 100% healthy and sustainable products, from the FSC certified hardwoods, to organic cotton and wool, natural latex, non-toxic glues and organic fabrics washed with eco-friendly detergents. And absolutely no fire retardants.
Concerning flammability, here is some information on the components in our products that specifically address this issue:
Natural Latex vs. Conventional Foam
Conventional foam is strictly regulated by government agencies, because the petroleum used in it is highly flammable. Safety codes require the use of even more chemicals, to reduce it’s flammabiliy, resulting in a toxic product. However, our furniture and bedding is made with GOTS certified organic latex which is naturally flame retardant and wool, which is natually flame resistant.
The raw material for GOTS certified organic latex is a renewable resource and is obtained from the sap of the Hevea Brasiliensis (rubber) tree; this material was once widely used for cushioning. Rubber trees are cultivated, mainly in South East Asia, through a new planting and replanting program by large scale plantation and small farmers to ensure a continuous sustainable supply of natural latex. Natural latex is both recyclable and biodegradable, and is mold, mildew and dust mite resistant. It is not highly flammable and does not require fire retardant chemicals to pass the Cal 117 test. It has little or no off-gassing associated with it. Because natural rubber has high energy production costs (although a smaller footprint than either polyurethane or soy-based foams, and is restricted to a limited supply, it is more costly than petroleum based foam.
Wool Some reasons for choosing wool over synthetic materials:
Wool has exceptionally low levels of flammability and represent the logical choice for creating safe, healthy indoor environments.
Wool is naturally flame resistant, and its performance exceeds that of all other commonly encountered textile fibers.
Wool has a low heat of combustion and a low rate of heat release.
If wool comes into direct contact with another burning surface, it won’t melt or stick, and is self extinguishing once the initial ignition source is removed.
Wool forms an insulating char when it burns and evolves less smoke and toxic gases than formed during combustion of most synthetic fibers.