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Vermont Woods Studios is a collection of furniture makers who work independently from small studios & workshops scattered across the state of Vermont. Together, they produce American-made furniture crafted with eco-friendly solid hardwoods. Vermont Woods Studios strives to source their hardwoods within 500 miles of the studios. This reduces carbon emissions from transportation and ensures that the wood comes from well-managed forests. They use FSC certified lumber or some of the artisans selectively harvest lumber from their own property. All of the products are finished with traditional oil and wax or finishes that are non-toxic, formaldehyde-free, and with little or no volatile organic chemicals. Vermont Woods Studios has a long list of sustainable business practices that they adhere to including regularly asking for chain of custody documents (legal logging certifications) before buying wood products. They use recycled or recyclable packaging materials and have a carton return/reuse policy.
Foam Order is a family-owned business with a commitment to sustainable and healthy products. They specialize in custom foam products and natural latex foam. Most mattresses are made using polyurethane foam and memory foam made from petrochemicals that will off-gas while you are sleeping. Foam Order mattresses and mattress toppers are made from organic cotton, organic wool, and certified 100% natural latex foam from the rubber tree. Foam Order sends their scraps to be recycled into carpet pads and they converted their manufacturing facility to run on solar power. Foam Order will also produce custom pillows, bench cushions, and other foam products from organic materials and they can be easily ordered on their website. They offer free shipping, free 90-day trials, and split comfort mattresses with different firmness choices on each side.
Atlantis Fabrics is an online fabric store offering organic cotton knits like jersey, velour, fleece, terry, interlock, and rib, and organic cotton wovens like poplin, sateen, denim, corduroy, flannel, mesh, canvas & twills. Plus, they have bamboo fabrics like rib, jersey, and bamboo/cotton and a new line of organic cotton fabrics that have been dyed using only herb & mineral extracts and no chemicals.
GreenBlue is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to the sustainable use of materials in society. GreenBlue brings together a diversity of stakeholders to encourage innovation and best practices to promote the creation of a more sustainable materials economy.
The Green Mountain Spinnery was established in 1981 to spin local fleece into the finest possible yarn for knitters and weavers. Their blends of wool and precious fiber ~ silk, llama, mohair ~ produce sturdy 100% New England wool yarns in a rainbow of dyed and natural colors. Their founding principles are to conduct business in a democratic and environmentally responsible manner. All long-term workers at the Spinnery participate in setting purposes and policies, and approximately a quarter of the work force owns the business. Waste wool is recycled into useful products like baseballs at a nearby mill and dregs are used for garden mulch.