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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…
After thirty years—and nine months of review—California issued a new upholstered furniture flammability test that took effect on January 1, 2014. Its name is TB-117-2013. Only twenty days after the ruling it was challenged in a lawsuit, filed in Sacramento at the Superior Court of California. Needless to say, the action was undertaken by a chemical manufacturer, Chemtura Corporation. They make a flame retardant chemical specifically designed for use in the polyurethane foam that is found in automobiles and furniture. Chemtura is pushing the position that the law has been in place since the 1970’s, and that the new regulatory…
Friday, 17 January 2014 23:33

Moving Into 2014

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The holidays are now past and everyone is settling in to 2014. There is much to look forward to on the EcoSelect horizon, but first a quick wrap up. 2013 was an exciting year for us. We took the plunge into the Social Media space…and it was invigorating. We had the opportunity to directly connect with our customers—as well as engage with the larger environmentally conscious community. Our timing coincided with the revised laws regulating toxic chemicals in furniture. “Ken’s Green Furniture,” our newly instituted blog, featured a guest post on the documentary Toxic Hot Seat. In addition to informing…
We are honored to write that EcoSelect Furniture has been featured by Dr. Oz's as a source of toxin-free, non-flame retardant furniture in the US. In conjunction with Dr. Oz’s television segment about furniture in the home, there was a page where we were included in a list of green furniture makers committed to using only non-toxic elements in production. You can read the article here: How to Avoid Toxic Flame Retardants in Your Furniture      
Beginning January 1, 2014, California has changed its flammability requirements. Theoretically, this allows upholstery to be sold in California that does not have flame retardant chemicals added. The new focus will be on testing smoldering sources of flammability in cover fabrics, barrier materials and the covers under the cushions and on top of the base springs. Furniture Today, an industry newspaper, published a robust article by Cindy W, Hodnett entitled, “Industry Reacts to New California Flammability Standards.” Several people in the furniture space are quoted—including Roy Calcagne, President of the upholstery source, Craft-master Furniture. Calcagne said, "We will comply with…
Toxic Hot Seat Ignites Awareness Toxic Hot Seat, a new documentary directed by James Redford and Kirby Walker, takes an in-depth look at chemical flame retardants. It interweaves the multiple narratives of investigative reporters, scientists, lawmakers and community activists as they fight for transparency around a 1975 law. That piece of legislation, California Technical Bulletin 117 (TB-117), was enacted to eradicate fires in the home caused by cigarettes. What ensued were health hazards Americans were unaware of and years of disinformation promoted by those with big money at stake. At the core of the film stands the investigative work of…

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