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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…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:06

What Do Eagles and Toxic Sofas Have in Common?

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What would you say if you learned that flame retardant chemicals called Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs), which were phased out of usage due to their toxicity, are currently wreaking havoc on birds and animals? Well, it’s true. High levels of the chemical have been found in animals such as river otters, and in numerous species of birds. Particularly affected are Bald Eagles—our national symbol. They survived the ravages of DDT, but now have the highest levels of PBDEs in all globally studied birds. The February 2015 issue of Scientific American features the story, “Bald Eagles Prove Full of Flame Retardants.”…
Thursday, 26 February 2015 02:08

What Do All These Rules and Regulations Mean?

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Every day, I field at least five phone calls from consumers who are trying to purchase a non-toxic sofa while understanding the complexity of rules currently applying to furniture. It’s no easy task, and I do my best to answer all questions with honesty and transparency. Many people have found me through an online search for chemical-free furniture. Others have been directed to our company through blogs such as Moms Clean Air Force in posts written by Lori Popkewitz Alper—known for her Groovy Green Livin site. Part of the issue is that the fire resistance standards are a moving target.…
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