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Interview with Brenda Thompson of O Ecotextiles Part 1

Brenda Thompson interviewed by Hilary Sopata, LEED AP

Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your story with us, Brenda!  I recall when we met at my office and I thought, “WOW there are residential fabrics out there from a company that truly gets it!” 

Consumers can contact us at 847.825.0450 hilary@getgreenwithstyle.com and dealers can contact Brenda directly at:

Brenda Thompson
O Ecotextiles, Inc.
Account Manager for MI, IL & WI
Mobile: 616-334-3625
Email: bvthompson@att.net
Website: www.oecotextiles.com

Tell us about your work.

I am an Account Manager for O Ecotextiles, Inc. I am responsible for generating new contacts for the company in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. O Ecotextiles is based in Seattle, Washington and began manufacturing natural organic fabrics in 2004. Our fabrics are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) certified and all of our fabrics are eligible to accrue LEED points. O Ecotextiles fabrics maintain a high environmental quality standard from the fiber to the finish product.  

Our mission, “O Ecotextiles is changing the way textiles are made by proving that it’s possible to produce luxurious, sensuous fabrics in ways that are non-toxic, ethical and sustainable.”

And that they are.  I read on your website that your fabrics are, “safe enough for an infant to chew on.”  What is the importance of eco-friendly fabrics?

Indoor air quality is one of the top five pollutants according to the EPA. Off gassing of chemicals from textile products are a major contributor to poor indoor air quality – and the U.S. textile industry ranks 5th in quantity of greenhouse gasses it contributes to our atmosphere. It’s important to have certified eco-friendly fabrics that contribute to a healthy indoor environment. Eco-friendly fabrics are also better for our environment and won’t contaminate our drinking water. The production of textiles is a very chemically intensive industry. O Ecotextiles has a strict processing guideline that eliminates the harmful chemicals in their fabrics. The founders spent several years looking for manufacturing partners that would produce their fabrics without the uses of toxic chemicals. Besides the air quality, there is the issue of the toxic chemicals which do NOT evaporate, such as heavy metals, phthalates and PVC (none of these volatilize at room temperature, so they don’t impact air quality).  These process chemicals can be just as damaging – we all know about lead and mercury, for example, and phthalates are now known to be so dangerous that they’re being prohibited in children’s toys.  But yet the kids are being put to sleep on sheets filled with phthalates.

This interview has a kind of cliffhanger.  Tune in next time to learn more about making better choices for your textiles!

Source: Interview with Brenda Thompson of O Ecotextiles, Inc. Mobile: 616-334-3625, Email: bvthompson@att.net

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