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Monday, 14 July 2014 23:58

Thoughts on American Sustainability

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Sitting and looking out at the fireworks this past July 4th led me to think about many things. Beyond watching the dazzling display, I found myself contemplating my role as the owner of an American business. There are an inordinate number of choices to be made in a commercial enterprise. I believe that one of the factors that doesn’t get enough consideration or awareness is the important issue of local sourcing and manufacturing. One of the top considerations we had in structuring our furniture company was the choice to have as much as possible of our product be American made.…
On June 19, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by John Shegerian, the host of GreenisGoodRadio about our mission and goals at EcoSelect Furniture. We talked about my motivation for starting the business, which was “to create a sustainable, environmentally engaged product for consumers who were concerned about the toxicity of contemporary furniture.” Since we have joined the social media space, EcoSelect has expanded its reach via Twitter and Facebook. We have connected with our natural demographic—the informed and concerned buyer who wants furniture that does not emit toxins, thereby threatening the health of their families. Shegerian asked how…
The Green Festival is a series of events around the country—starting in New York City in the spring followed by Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and ending up in San Francisco in mid-November. As a company, EcoSelect has been working on moving out the “furniture silo” into the larger green space—where our products have a natural affinity with those who are looking to lead a safer and more sustainable life style. As a first-time exhibitor at an event of this kind, our Washington foray (May 31-June 1) was quite an experience. Sponsors ranged the gamut from D.C.’s Fox 5 affiliate…
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 17:06

Joining the Green Community

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When I began the EcoSelect business based on the premise that there were people who wanted sustainable and environmentally conscious furniture, I didn’t fully realize the extent of the community that I was joining. Having rejected the move to foreign manufacturing that so many other vendors were pursuing, I teamed up with a North Carolina artisanal operation that had its roots in the labor of local crafts people and a commitment to delivering toxic-free furniture. My belief is that EcoSelect has a positive environmental impact. However, beyond that, we have gained an awareness of so many others with the same…
In response to customer requests, we are introducing a new line of ottomans. It is made with the same care as our sofas and chairs. Non-flame retardant foam, lumber frame, any of their colors in either eco-friendly hemp fabric or leather. Customer chooses foot styles and finish. EcoSelect is offering 20% off the below prices for the period of time between APRIL 15 and MAY 18. Available in three sizes: All ottomans are 18” high For the promotion period all orders will receive a 20% discount and free shipping (when shipped with any chair or sofa). Use Promotion code: “Spring…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 19:13

The Personal Connection: A Visit to Our Factory

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Last week, I made one of my frequent visits to the factory that handles all our work. It is owned by the son of a well-known furniture designer who is a graduate of the North Carolina State program for furniture manufacturing. Our relationship spans many years, both personally and in business. His love of creating furniture is evident in his attention to detail, and in his commitment to continuing a tradition that comes out of numerous towns in North Carolina. Many families in this area of the country have been part of the furniture culture for over a century, when…
Hello everyone! We received this picture from one of our customers who purchased the Garland sofa with 4 seats, a chair and the ottoman. The color is Walnut leather. Please feel free to send us your pictures to share with others here. Thanks in advance! "Our couches arrived this weekend and we love them! Thank you so much!" Todd and Allyson  
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:07

EcoSelect Furniture: A Custom Design Company

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At EcoSelect, our goal is to have customers be an integral part of their sofa design and purchase experience. That is why we discuss with individual buyers exactly what their needs are. Often, I ask a series of questions to determine if any of the people who will regularly be using the sofa is above average height or on the shorter side. Why? So that our craftsman can change the seating height of the piece by simply adjusting the size of the feet. An inch modification higher or lower will make a great difference in the comfort of the sofa.…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:17

Why We Offer Leather Furniture

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Having been in the furniture business for over thirty years, I have learned that customers are individuals with widely varying concerns, needs, and beliefs. EcoSelect has made a commitment to creating environmentally safe upholstery that is non-toxic, and concerned with taking a sustainable point of view in our fabrication. We offer both hemp and leather. Some of our purchasers have questioned why we have chosen to go outside of the “fabric” space. Quite simply, because we want to be able to provide those who want leather products with sofas and chairs that are part of the green equation. Leather is…
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