Note: Unless noted in the description, our covers and liners are not "flame-retardant". Fire-retardant fabric is specially treated. So, unless noted as "Fire Retardant" in the description, our bean bag chair fabrics pass fire code due to the inherent nature of the fabric and are not specially treated with any fire retardant chemical. (Only our Kinetic Energy Plum cover is Flame Retardant.)
For our bean bag chair covers, we use fabrics from established manufacturers known for their quality and style. These fabrics pass the minimum US flammability standard UFAC class 1. Better yet, they also pass California's more specific flammability standard Technical Bulletin 117 Section E, Part 1: Upholstery Fabrics. As mentioned before, we even have 1 bean bag covers that is made from fabric that passes NFPA 701, a strict "Flame Retardant" test, in case your library or school requires this.
For our bean bag chair liners, we use a water-repellent microfiber that also passes both UFAC class1 and California Technical Bulletin 117 Section E, Part 1. (Not to mention our bean bag liner zippers comply with the Consumer Product Safety Commission Zipper Enclosure standard.)
And finally, our bean bag chair polystyrene (styrofoam) filling passes California Technical Bulletin 117 Section A, Part 3: Expanded Polystyrene Beads.
We implemented our Law Labels Program, as soon as we were informed that U.S. Law requires labeling on bean bag chairs. Each label details flammability information, as well as our company information and Uniform Registry Number. We are registered in every required U.S. state to legally sell bean bag chairs, URN # UT1870 (VA). Some bean bag chairs on the market do not meet US legal requirements, so be careful. Registration ensures that furniture companies can be monitored by individual states. Per California TB117-2013, our products manufactured after December 31, 2014 have law labels that read:
“The upholstery materials in this product:
__X_contain added flame retardant chemicals
____contain NO added flame retardant chemicals
The State of California has updated the flammability standard and determined that the fire safety requirements for this product can be met without adding flame retardant chemicals. The state has identified many flame retardant chemicals as being known to, or strongly suspected of, adversely impacting human health or development.”
*TB117-2013 requires that: "Manufacturers must mark an “X” next to the applicable statement. For the purposes of the disclosure, a product contains added flame retardant chemicals if the chemical is present in amounts above 1,000 parts per million."
Although some filling we get from our suppliers has a flame retardant amount LESS THAN 1,000 parts per million, we feel it's totally misleading to check the box that says "contain NO added flame retardant chemicals". Because it does have a flame retardant! That word "added" is confusing to the average consumer.
To be more clear, as with all bean bag companies, to comply with CA TB117-2013, products manufactured after 12/31/14 must be labeled a certain way. This makes them compliant. It is not required that they are flame retardant free. CA TB117-2013 specifies parameters on how to label your bean bag, not that it doesn't have any FRs. Ahh! Products errs on the side of caution and labels products produced in 2015 and later to disclose that we DO have flame retardants, even if we could potentially select the TB 117-2013 option that we do NOT have "added" flame retardants because the flame retardant amount on some of our filling is below a certain threshold.
CA TB117-2013 can be misleading and some companies are taking advantage of the confusing wording. Please contact us directly for more information - we are happy to answer with complete honesty! If someone tells you their polystyrene does not have flame retardants, you should question them thoroughly.
*Unfilled bean bags (cover and liner only), separate covers, and separate liners do not have this tag because it does not apply (except our fire retardant covers). Since we are not supplying your filling in these cases, the labeling does not apply. It is up to you to know what is in the filling that you choose to use.
So, what does all of this mean to you? Rest assured that your bean bag chair from AHH! Products meets US flammability standards and registration laws: We are legal and safe! With so many bean bag chair retailers trying to convince you that their bean bags are the best, the only thing you can do as an informed consumer is to compare. Try using our Shopper's Comparison Checklist!
Remember, the most expensive bean bag chair isn't necessarily the highest quality! We are priced much lower than other comparable-quality bean bag chairs AND you'll find that we offer more (such as our exclusive water-repel liner and 10 year warranty)!
*If you are using our products in a public setting, please check to ensure UFAC and CA TB117 satisfies your facility's specific requirements. Most of the time, fire marshalls do not require more.