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Get Off the Couch—and Buy a Nontoxic One

Is your couch toxic? If it contains flame-retardant materials—and it most likely does—the answer is yes. Which makes sitting around on it even worse for your health than you thought.

Has your living room couch become your home for Netflix-bingeing, endless zoom meetings, your new office or your child’s classroom? It may be time to buy a new couch—not only because there is likely a permanent imprint in the cushion, but also because that imprint is emitting a dust cloud of toxins from flame retardants embedded in the cushions.

Now more than ever is the best time to buy a new couch, or at the very least new cushions. As of June 2021, furniture companies that sell or import furniture into the United States will no longer be allowed to use flame retardants on or in upholstered furniture.

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