Proposition 65 was implemented in the state of California in 1986 to protect California's citizens and the state's drinking water sources from chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and to inform citizens about exposure to these chemicals. As a retailer that conducts business in California, we are required to label items in California and online that may contain any of the over 800 Proposition 65 chemicals.
At this time, a small percentage of our upholstered items contain a chemical called chlorinated Tris, which is currently on the California Proposition 65 list. This chemical was widely used in furniture industry foam as a flame retardant in order to meet the flammability standards of California Technical Bulletin 117. As required by California state law, chlorinated Tris was phased out of foam production by the end of October 2012.
Room & Board has been, and continues to be, in compliance with all state and federal product safety laws. Chlorinated Tris was eliminated from our upholstery production by November 1, 2012. However, because some of our inventory may include pieces made before 11/1/12, we are required to label these products in our California stores and online with a Proposition 65 warning. It is legal to sell these products, but they must be labeled with a warning for California customers in order to comply with Proposition 65.
While we understand this label may be alarming, please know we feel these items are safe when used as intended. Exposure to any chemicals is minimized by the layers of ticking, fabric and/or leather applied over the foam. Proper care, such as regularly vacuuming your upholstery and promptly repairing exposed foam, further minimizes any risk.
If you have additional questions or would like information about alternative products, please contact a Design Associate at 800-301-9720.