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Thursday, 19 November 2015 17:15

Thinking Green on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reframe our relationship to the environment. In addition to feeling appreciation for the loved ones in our lives, we can look at the day as an opportunity to acknowledge nature and what the earth brings forth. One can only imagine the unspoiled beauty of the American landscape during the 1600s. Native Americans were leading a lifestyle that was in balance with their habitat, using practices in farming (rotating crops), hunting, and in their use of land and water resources. As more European settlers came, there was a shift to the use of extractive systems…
Monday, 19 October 2015 19:01

Having a Voice in the Public Square

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Having a Voice in the Public Square Every action, regardless how small, can create a shift in the status quo. Our monthly EcoSelect blog strives to do more than just focus on what is new regarding our latest designs or fabrics. Rather, we endeavor to connect the dots to the larger picture for our community. In the past I have blogged about the dangers of formaldehyde, sustainability, and the constantly shifting rules and regulations on the California TB 117 flame retardants legislation. Now, EcoSelect wants to bring to your attention to an action that is being spearheaded by the organizations…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:51

Working to Be Part of the Solution

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Last year, the People’s Climate March was held in the Manhattan. This month, beginning on September 21 and running through September 28, Climate Week NYC will take place. It will bring together thought leaders, government officials, members of civil society, and businesses. Photo: Climate march One of the exciting and crucial elements of the environmental movement is that everybody can make a difference. This encompasses the individual who makes sustainable lifestyle choices a priority, and well as those committed to creating products that rethink how we manufacture and consume products. I founded EcoSelect to fill a need — which was…
Thursday, 20 August 2015 02:31

The Dog Days of Summer: Pets and Furniture

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With the last month of summer passing by all too swiftly, I wanted to keep things light but relevant! Our pets are an integral part of our lives. Although you may not realize it, dogs and cats are impacted by the flame retardants that are included in the manufacture of much of the furniture that is on the market today. If your animal companion is sitting on your sofa or chair (even if it’s only when you’re not looking!) made with toxic chemicals, they will be impacted. They also ingest chemicals that are in the home through the air. Our…
Monday, 20 July 2015 12:34

A Matter of Integrity

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It’s been two months since The Center for Public Integrity featured the story, American Chemistry Council lied about lobbying role on flame retardants, consultant says. I find it profoundly disillusioning that a national group of allegedly responsible and theoretically ethical companies would take such a role. Yet, as I continue to reflect about the deception, I wonder if I am totally surprised. As a businessman and a citizen, I have always prided myself on having integrity in my dealings with others, both in business and personal relationships. After all, when one doesn’t uphold his or her ethics in this world,…
Monday, 15 June 2015 21:30

The Move Toward Artisanal Furniture Making

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Recently, there has been a variation on a theme going around the Internet. It’s a listicle of ways to “go green.” The motives combine having a smaller footprint on the earth’s resources, along with spending less money for over-consumption. The bottom line is it’s all about living a specific philosophy more fully. A big hunk of advice includes sustainable living and transforming the habitual desire to be part of a culture that keeps taking — like upgrading to a new smart phone every year, without any pressing need for a change. These individual choices yield traction by putting a dent…
Monday, 15 June 2015 13:51

Testimonial from a Grateful Customer

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"We continue to enjoy our couch that not only provides a comfortable place to sit but is free of the dangerous chemicals that are pervasive in the furniture industry. We love our stylish leather couch. Ken, the owner, was helpful in providing assistance through the selection process. The turn around time was quick; delivery was convenient. We really love the couch!" -Sheri and John  
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 01:22

Formaldehyde in Furniture: Are You Safe?

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  There has been a lot in the press lately about the use of formaldehyde in adhesives – in flooring, plywood, kitchen cabinets…and furniture. The Environmental Protection Agency began its mission in 2010, to develop a rule under the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act. The goal is to have a final ruling by fall of this year. The story of this long haul has recently received renewed traction with an article in the New York Times entitled, “The Uphill Battle to Better Regulate Formaldehyde.” The article outlines the different parties that continue to push back, in an effort…
Monday, 20 April 2015 21:58

Thoughts on Earth Day

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April 22, 1970 marked the first Earth Day. Gaylord Nelson, who served as both a governor and a senator for Wisconsin, was the founder of the event. Nelson had been greatly disturbed by the horrific 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Workers toiled for over 11 days to clean up the mess. Animals and birds, as well as shorelines, were gravely impacted as the tar spread. For Nelson, it was an “aha” moment. Influenced by the college “teach-ins” and activism of the 1970s, he used that model to raise consciousness. Nelson pushed to mobilize the general population about the…
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