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09. October 2012

Hickory Springs drops TDCCP from PU foams

Hickory Springs, a leading US flexible polyurethane foam manufacturer and supplier to the home furnishings and transport sectors has announced that it is eliminating TDCPP fire retardant from its foam formulations and production facilities.

The chemical is a well established flame retardant used in foams but has come under scrutiny as a potential health risk since it was placed on California’s Proposition 65 list of materials that may increase the risk of cancer. Prop’ 65 requires California manufacturers and retailers of products sold in California to notify workers, communities and consumers when chemicals identified as having the potential to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm are present in their products, workplace environment or retail store.

"The decision to eliminate TDCPP from our foam products did not come easily or without cost," said Buster Mann, foam senior vice president. "But at the end of the day, it was the right thing to do, and it supports our goal to be a proactive leader within the marketplace."

"Even though Prop 65 does not ban or restrict the use of any material on the list, including TDCPP, Hickory Springs has chosen to eliminate the chemical from its formulations," said Mann. "We realise Californians are inundated with Prop 65 warnings in almost all aspects of their daily lives, but the thought of placing warning labels on furniture or mattresses was something Hickory Springs was not comfortable with doing."

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