I have had a lengthy career in the textile industry, dating back the 1980's. It wasn't until 2004 when I met pioneers in the organic mattress and home furnishings industry that I started to research and educate myself about the toxicity of textiles, mattresses and upholstered furniture. I have since used my textile background to focus specifically on promoting non-toxic textiles and home furnishings products produced with non-toxic textiles and other natural ingredients.
Consumer knowledge and purchases in this category have risen over the decades.
For generations, consumers considered furniture to be an investment. Most consumers today spend less money on a new sofa than on a pocketbook. What factors impacted consumers' view of furniture as disposable?
Frustrated by the ongoing deterioration of quality, a handful of people have recently eschewed the archaic furniture distribution model and have founded direct-to-consumer customizable better quality upholstered furniture companies at lower prices and with shorter lead times than those that are sold through brick and mortar retailers.
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