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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.…
Monday, 05 January 2015 22:22

Understanding Leather that is Eco-Friendly

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One of the top comments we receive as feedback from customers is that they really appreciate that our furniture is offered in both fabric and leather. Although all of our products are toxic-free, fire-retardant free, and sustainable, we have found that our custom made sofas and chairs have been sought out for different reasons. Some of our clients do not use any animal products, and therefore are only interested in our fabric line. Others, do want leather, and have been advised on the full range of their questions via an earlier blog. I recently learned about a new product at…
Friday, 19 December 2014 22:08

Season’s Greetings and Happy 2015!

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As the year closes, I want to thank everyone who has become part of the EcoSelect furniture family. We have made new friends via Facebook and Twitter, through our social media outreach. We appreciate the loyalty and enthusiasm of our customers, many who end up buying full sets after getting their feet wet. It is rewarding to know that we have contributed to the health of the families who have our eco-friendly, non-toxic furnishings in their homes, enabling them to breathe indoor air that is not contaminated by chemicals. It has been an exciting year for the company and for…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:43

Doing our Part to Keep the Planet Green

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With the climate agreement between China and the United States in the news, it drives home how fighting to keep the planet green happens at both the international level and in the local arena. That’s where we come in! Every day I get calls from folks who have found EcoSelect on the web, or through our social media and blogs. They are often parents who are frightened about the amount of toxins both outside and inside their homes. We just got a photo of a toddler on one of our fabric sofas. Without sounding corny, it’s very rewarding, and confirms…
Friday, 14 November 2014 22:55

Pictures from a Happy Client

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We received this nice testimonial and pictures from a customer today and had to share. We are always grateful to recieve feedback like this one. I just wanted to let you know that we received our beautiful sofa and recliner chair yesterday. We are beyond satisfied with the quality and workmanship of the products, as well as the comfort and style of them! Thank you again for helping make our home as beautiful and safe as it can be! We will certainly recommend your company to our friends and family :-)!
Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:37

Halloween: More Than Goblins and Ghosts

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As Halloween approaches, it’s important to remember that there are more scary things than goblins and ghost. Especially when it comes to the health of our families and children. I’m talking about toxins in our furniture. It has been gratifying to see the steps California has taken to update and modernize its fire safety regulations for furniture. However, there is still a fire retardancy regulation that must be met for all upholstered furniture offered for sale in California. The overwhelming size of the California market continues to drive main line manufacturers to design all their products to meet the California…
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