That chump change occasionally lost between the cushions of your couch could be the least of your furniture related troubles.
that nearly all the couches sold in the US contain flame retardant chemicals that can contribute to everything from neurological disorders and cancer to low birth weights reproductive problems. A recent study
found that 85% of typical household couches contained such chemicals, with the accompanying report stating that they can also be found in other widely used products, such as car seats, utilizing polyurethane foam.
The American Chemistry Council, however, warns against undue concern over the chemicals, and not merely because flame retardants serve the obvious good of making material less susceptible to house fires.
"Flame retardants...are designed to prevent fires from starting and provide valuable escape time," stated the council. "There is no data in this study that indicate that the levels of flame retardants found would cause any human health problems."