Friday, October 28, 2011
Formaldehyde categorized as a VOC and is used extensible in the manufacture of paint, furniture and carpeting. VOC’s are released into the air with the normal use overtime of these products and can have short and long-term effects on your family’s health contributing to increased asthma, headaches and respiratory ailments. One of the most common sources for harmful VOCs is the carpet upon which your child crawls, lies, rolls and plays. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recently established a direction link between the surfaces upon which a child walks or crawls as having a direct relationship to respiratory diseases. The rate of childhood asthma has increased 12% since 2001.
Choosing products which have eliminated the use of artificial chemicals and dyes reduces the percentage of air contaminants. Mass-produced commercial rugs undergo extensive chemical treatments prior to ending up in your child’s room.
As a parent what you choose when decorating your child’s room can have a lifelong impact on your their health. Making educated choices is the first step to providing a safe healthy interior. ecoFiber Custom Rugs are completely chemical free.
ecoFiber Custom Rugs has looked beyond the healthy production of their rugs to examine who produces their product. With an eye to this ecoFiber became a leader in demanding ethical labor practices when making their rugs. We have aligned with Goodweave (www.goodweave.org.) an international organization which monitors and prohibits the use of child labor in international rug production. This partnership guarantees that the rug you purchase will be free of any child labor.
You want the best in all aspects of your child’s environment from choosing the best childcare to ensuring that your decisions make a positive difference in the health and well being of your child and children around the world.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
100 years ago more than two million children under the age of 15 were employed in American industry in conditions that bordered on child slavery. We now live in a world where millions of children are subjected to child labor beyond our borders.
One-in-a-Million: GoodWeave’s Campaign to End Child Labor is raising awareness of the child labor epidemic in the handmade rug industry and inspiring consumers to take action. We’re proud at ecoFiber Custom Rugs that our products bear the GoodWeave label.
What’s great about GoodWeave’s campaign is that it doesn’t just inform consumers about the problem, it offers solutions.
Consumers who buy a rug that’s certified by GoodWeave can be assured that their purchase is one in a million — because adult artisans made it, not child laborers. At ecoFiber, adult workers whose families are provided health care and tuition hand make our rugs in Nepal, where they use only natural fibers and chemical free vegetable dyes, creating products of true ethical elegance.
GoodWeave offers ways that concerned citizens can help end child labor in the handmade rug industry, including insisting on the GoodWeave label when shopping for a handmade rug. Check out more ways to get involved with GoodWeave.
Nearly a century ago, grassroots efforts helped to end child labor in the U.S. With the aid of social media tools and other unique approaches, GoodWeave is helping to eradicate child labor throughout the world. It’s inspiring. And ecoFiber Custom Rugs couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
You babyproof the house, make sure the bottles are BPA-free, ensure the car seat is safe—but did you think about getting rid of the rug in your living room?
While seemingly innocuous, it turns out non-natural fiber rugs can actually be very harmful for you and your family—especially so for the little ones who spend a lot of time crawling on the floor (and putting things in their mouths).
We’ve talked a lot about why ecoFiber Custom Rugs are environmentally friendly (like the fact they are made using vegetable dyes, maintain a low carbon footprint, and use only sustainably harvested natural fibers), but we haven’t spent much time discussing how eco-friendly rugs can be also be good for the health and wellness of your family.
Our homes are our own personal eco-systems, so it only makes sense that you’d want to mimic nature in order to create environments that are healthy and free of dangerous toxins.
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality can be negatively affected by many things inside our homes--including the off gassing from various materials and surfaces found in paints, carpets and rugs, mattresses, bedding, furniture, and even cleaning products.
The best way to avoid these dangerous chemicals? By using the most natural and organic materials in order to enhance indoor air quality and improve the health of you and your family.
If you have babies or children in the home (who spend many hours crawling and playing on the floor), the dangerous toxins in synthetic rugs can adversely affect their development.
Because babies breathe at a faster rate than adults, they have an increased intake of toxins in relation to their body weight. Children’s hand-to-mouth activity also increases their risk of toxic intake from rugs and carpets.
The “breathing zone” for children, and babies in particular, is closer to the ground where pollutants in many synthetic rugs are more concentrated. Infants’ bodies are not as able to detoxify and excrete toxins as easily as adults. Natural fiber rugs give babies’ immune systems the best opportunity to adapt to their new environment, without exposing them to dangerous toxic materials.
Every ecoFiber Custom rug is created without the use of any dangerous chemicals or toxins. Our dyes are made are non-petroleum based and come from safe, natural materials. Our rugs are also woven using only the softest, safest and natural and organic fibers from nature.
Purchasing a natural fiber rug means that not only will your family be healthier and happier, but so will the environment.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Here's some of what Miss Boykoff had to say:
When we think about carpet, most of us think ‘wool’ right? But you know what? There are so many other fiber types available and they make for really beautiful and eco-friendly rugs. Now that you know you have other options, let me tell you a bit about them, courtesy of Livingston & Associates. They sell gorgeous ecoFiber rugs that are totally custom – pattern, color, size and type & number of fibers, whatever you’d like. In addition to being green, all of their products are GoodWeave certified, meaning that inspectors visit carpet mills to make sure that no illegal child labor is used. And this group is strict! If a mill neglects that policy, the child is not only sent to a good school courtesy of GoodWeave, the mill looses its certification and has to work to get it back. Now that’s what I call fair-trade!
>>Check out Pretty Little Green Things' post on our rugs on her blog
Friday, January 28, 2011
Design professionals from around the country will be headed to San Francisco next week for Design San Francisco, the premier annual market for interior design. The event will take place on February 2, 3 and 4, 2011 at the San Francisco Design Center located at 101 Henry Adams St # 450.
The three days will be packed with presentations, receptions and awards ceremonies, which aim to inspire designers “with all manner of creative possibilities, provocative ideas and valuable intelligence on what’s happening locally and globally. “
The keynote speaker opening the event at 10 a.m. on February 2 will be Jeff Lewis of the popular Bravo Reality television show “Flipping Out.” Those who have seen the show know that Lewis designs beautiful, upscale and modern homes. He was recently tapped by House Beautiful to design their 2010 Kitchen of the Year and his legions of devoted fans include upscale acolytes, real estate professionals, and interior designers.
The event will also host a huge array of presentations, aimed to educate and inspire designers, some of which include topics near and dear to our hearts here at ecoFiber Custom Rugs.
Among the presentations we’re most excited about are “Demystifying Environmentally Responsible Fabric Decisions,” a keynote presentation called “Shades of Green,” and “Textiles-Inspiration, Imagination and Interpretation.”
We’re also thrilled that our own natural fiber rugs will be shown at the event—allowing designers not yet familiar with our elegant, eco-friendly and luxurious designs to see them up close and personal.
If you’re headed to San Francisco next week, make sure you keep an eye out for ecoFiber Custom Rugs and let us know what event you most enjoyed. You can also check out our rugs on permanent display at the Sloan Miyasato showroom in the San Francisco Design Center.
>>See a full list of the events or pre-register for the event
Monday, January 24, 2011
With the arrival of 2011, it's time once again to contemplate which decorating trends will be making an impact in the coming year. Since ringing in 2011, plenty of design bloggers and publications have given their two cents on what trends will reign supreme this year.
We’re now about a month into the new year, and here are some of the most buzzed about décor trends we’re excited about in 2011.
1. Celebrate Classics
What’s old can be new again, and this is the year to integrate classic pieces into your décor. Mixing vintage items with contemporary pieces can breathe new life into the things you already own. Plus, integrating vintage pieces and flea market finds in your design is not only good for the environment, it’s also charming and cost effective.
Wondering why revamping your existing furniture is good for the environment? Here’s why refurbishing is eco-friendly:
- You decrease the demand for virgin lumber, helping to save the forests
- You reduce the volume of furniture such as tables and chairs in a landfill and the carbon emissions from it’s transfer to the landfill
- You improve indoor air quality and the local environment through the use of eco-friendly primers, paints and polishes
- Restoring old furniture can be inherently eco-friendly because many old pieces used over 50 years ago predate the chemistry of today’s toxic products.
Of course, adding a natural fiber rug to a room of newly refurbished or recovered furniture will not only complement your décor and breathe new life into a room, but is sure to stand the test of time.
2. Cultural Layering
Fashion and music can be key harbingers of what's to come in the interior design world. The recent movement towards mixing global styles will take root in the home in 2011. This 'cultural layering' calls for a mix of patterns and styles from cultures all over the world, creating a global aesthetic and ethnic style in your home.
For example, a table or chair created by craftspeople in Mexico can look great right alongside a sustainably produced rug from Nepal. Your kuba cloth will pair beautifully with your Japanese print. 2011 will all about mixing textures, fibers and patterns from around the world within the confines of your own home.
3. Nostalgia for Books
Over the past year, traditional American heritage brands - Pendleton blankets, Filson canvas bags, Red Wing ceramics – have once again become chic. This nostalgia for artifacts from a simpler time extends to books. We've seen them stacked to create side tables, arranged in unused fireplaces to create literary tableaux, and featured in wallpaper designs.
Some of the most popular architectural projects we've featured this year have included floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and a fellow Boulder company, Juniper Books, is now specializing in building customized book collections for clients.
What better way to reflect the personality of a homeowner than their book collection? Dig out your books from storage and put them on center stage.
4. Bringing Nature Back into the Home
In the New Year, home owners will find more ways to bring tranquility to their interior and exterior environments. The use of natural materials and finishes will always be a trend that doesn’t go out of style. Not only is this a trend that’s good for the environment, it also helps bring nature back into the home.
More and more interior designers (like Robin Wilson and Alison Pollack) are preaching the gospel of how bringing natural materials into the home is not only beneficial to the environment, but also to your health and wellness. After all, your home is your eco-system, and filling it with furniture and décor made from natural fibers promotes your wellness and the wellness of the planet.
>>Find out more about the natural fibers used in our rugs and why vegetable dyed rugs are better.
5. Green Home Décor
Finding more sustainable ways to build, decorate and live will continue to flourish in 2011. This is good news for us at ecoFiber Custom Rugs, since our rugs are produced with minimal impact on the environment. Not only do we maintain an extremely low carbon footprint (our weavers don’t even rely on electricity), but we also promote water quality and sustainable harvesting of the natural fibers used in our rugs.
Interest in the benefits and use of environmentally friendly products continues to grow, making the green movement stronger than ever. This is especially prevalent for homeowners who are looking to build and decorate their homes in ways that support the environment. Purchasing a natural fiber rug is one small step towards a greener, more comfortable home.