A report by EEB (European Environmental Bureau) estimates that an ambitious and fully mandatory Circular Economy policy for furniture in the EU could create 160 000 jobs, mainly in reuse centres. This covers all types of furniture (wooden and metal furniture, kitchens, as well as upholstered furniture and mattresses). Proposals include durability, dissassembly and repairability obligations in design, warranty labelling, support for repair, reuse and remanufacturing. Brominated FRs are identified as problematic.
Proposals include labelling to specify all FRs used, labels which cannot be removed by consumers, exclusion of all SVHC chemicals and adjustments to fire safety standards to facilitate use of alternative FRs or alternative approaches to ensure fire safety. It should be noted that the calculated estimate for potential job creation is not only significantly lower than the (non justified) figure in the EFIC “flame retardant free furniture” document (see above), and that most of this employment potential is independent of any possible impacts of a flame retardant choice (kitchen furniture, wooden furniture, repair and disassembly …).
“Circular economy opportunities in the furniture sector”, Eunomia for EEB, 54 pages, Sept. 2017 https://eeb.org/…/circular-economy-in-the-furniture-sector.pdf