In the past decade, we heard so many Chinese made products being recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for having contained dangerous chemicals such as lead. But toys are certainly not the only potential hazardous product to come from China. A consumer report titled “Is your leather sofa making you sick?” first published in May of last year highlighted the risks associated with Chinese made leather products such as skin rashes, chemical burns and even potential death, as it was reported in the UK, snowballing into a multi-million class-action suit. Following this report, California state representative Jackie Speier put forth the “H.R.3080 – DMF Free Act of 2009 to prohibit the manufacture, sale, or distribution in commerce of any consumer product containing dimethylfumarate” as it is noted on opencongress.org website. A similar law was passed and is now enforced by all participated European Union states
While the price often doubles between an Italian leather sofa and one that is made in China, the savings may still be too costly at the end of the day, taking form of medical bills, personal discomforts and long-term health effects. The potential health hazards and loose quality control procedures that have come to be associated with Chinese factories are just another reason on top of the already obvious grounds such as inferior quality, lack of durability and counterfeited design that make the Italian leather furniture the ultimate choice.