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Monday, 15 September 2014 13:25

Being Part of a Community

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Fall is an exciting time, because it represents a gearing up of activities. Here at EcoSelect, we look forward to a new season of colors and fabrics—as well as meeting customers who have connected with us over the summer via social media. For those of you who have followed this blog, you are familiar with our ongoing support to the changes approved that made the California flammability requirements lose their toxic prerequisites. The American Chemistry Council, along with one of the supply companies of flame retardant chemicals used by the furniture industry to meet the old standards, sued to push…
As the cooler weather approaches, we will all be heading back inside to enjoy our homes. I thought it appropriate to bring our clientele up to date on the changes in the California flame-retardants regulations. January 2014 began the transition year for manufacturers to migrate to the new standards. No longer are furniture manufacturers required to have toxic flame retardant chemicals added to their foam to prevent fires as part of their construction. There is still pushback in the form of a lawsuit against California by the flame retardant chemical manufacturers. It is quiet now, but still unresolved. A movement…
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…
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