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Interview with Jill Salisbury – Part 1

el: Environmental Language

Jill Salisbury interviewed by Hilary Sopata, ASID, LEED AP

I am very excited to present this interview to our readers.  Jill Salisbury is a pioneer in eco-conscious furnishings and has set the bar high for other manufacturers.  I have yet to find another product produced in a more eco-friendly fashion than what Jill’s company, el: Environmental Language, produces.

Jill Salisbury
el: Environmental Language, LLC
425 Park Barrington Drive
Barrington, IL 60010

O: 847-382-9285
F:  847-382-9311
M: 312-287-6587

Jill, please tell us about your work and your products:

When I was working as an interior design professional many years ago, I struggled to find aesthetically stylish furnishings that were environmentally friendly.  Inspired by the Cradle-to-Cradle philosophy of crafting design solutions that meet with life cycle and ecological goals, I began to seek ways in which I could offer eco-chic alternatives for the interior design industry.  el:  Environmental Language was created in 2001 after recognizing this opportunity in the marketplace. 

el launched its premiere collection in 2003, making it among the first in the U.S. to design high-end, residential furniture and kitchen cabinetry while meeting the most stringent environmental and performance standards available. el exceeds all LEED requirements and provides Carbon Emissions Offsetting in the transportation of its product from manufacturing to the end user. el: Furniture is also GreenSpec listed.

Inspired by Janine Benyus, author of Biomimicry, my goal is to constantly apply nature’s wisdom into my designs.  The result is stylish and sophisticated offerings that feature rapidly renewable, natural, non-toxic materials, which will promote a healthy indoor air quality and remain true to the promise of a better environment.

 What more could we ask?  I understand your products have won many awards.  Tell us about them.

There is nothing more rewarding than to receive recognition from highly acclaimed organizations for my artistic vision and commitment to environmental integrity.  I have been blessed with many accolades including four consecutive ASID Illinois Design Excellence Awards, a 2008 Green Award from Chicago magazine, Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award and most recently was inducted into the Career College Association’s Hall of Fame. Also in 2008, I was appointed to Traditional Home magazine’s Green Advisory Council.  I am currently serving my second term as a member of the National ASID Sustainable Design Council and have proudly accepted the position as Incoming Chair.

I look forward to hearing more from Jill in our next post!

Source: Interview with Jill Salisbury, el: Environmental Language, LLC
425 Park Barrington Drive, Barrington, IL 60010
O: 847-382-9285          F: 847-382-9311          M: 312-287-6587


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