Bring in ‘polluter pays’ for chemical-laden furniture, MPs told

The UK should make sure that manufacturers pay the cost of disposing of old furniture that contains now-banned flame retardants, according to CHEM Trust.

The group’s executive director Michael Warhurst came before the Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into toxic substances in everyday life this morning. He continued criticism of the UK’s Furniture Regulations from the inquiry’s first session last week, noting that its open flame flammability test “really pushes” the use of flame retardants.

Many have been banned due to their toxic effects, though it is difficult to put furniture on the market without them. They “don’t actually work that well” to prevent fires due to producing large volumes of harmful smoke, he added.

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