I have the opportunity to interview a manufacturer of home furnishings, bedding and furniture and I’d like to know what questions you’d like me to ask. I’m highlighting this company because it is yet another established sewn products company that is committed to sustainable manufacturing practices. See, most people think that people in the apparel industry don’t care about safe, responsible and humane practices but it’s just not true. We are out there. The company is A Natural Home and before they started this venture, they’d worked in the apparel industry for 15 years. From their website:
Our mission is to provide organic products for the home that are durable, affordable, and environmentally friendly. The simple goal is to create a line of organic and safe home accessories that are expertly made and affordable — and to manufacture them in a small community in Ohio.
We do what we say, and we take full responsibility for our actions. We treat our suppliers, distributors, customers, and employees with dignity, respect, and fairness. We follow the principles of “fair trade”.
We believe in the family, and encourage the people we work with to take an active role in the community re: education about organics and living a simpler life. We provide education for others to learn the benefits of organics and how one person can make a difference in their community and the world. We respect the work of traditional craftsmen and craftswomen and do our best to allow them to work at home rather than in a distant factory.
What’s interesting is that their furniture is manufactured by the Amish. Pretty cool, huh?
If you go to their site, the “about us” button doesn’t take you to the “about us” page, use the link for “information” or this link instead. Like me, they are a Co-op America member. By the way, consider joining Co-op America. It’s a juried membership organization, you have to be certified fair trade etc. I don’t get much business from it but I think it’s important to join trade organizations that reflect your values.
Please leave whatever questions you’d like me to ask the company under comments. If you’re interested in producing bedding, furniture and home furnishings, this is an unparalleled opportunity.