Friday, October 16, 2009
Thanks to Kelly LaPlante's genius website, The Green Grades-a website created to give "comprehensive reviews and evaluations of companies providing eco-furnishings", we are thrilled to have found Oliveira Textiles.
Urban Dwellings Design Ltd.
I've been graciously asked to join these noted Rhode Islanders: the topic - smart, sustainable design...RISD press release below....come join us.
Thanks very much,
RISDCE Special Event :: Thursday, October 22, 7–9pm
Pre-registration is required. Visit the RISDCE registration page for more information, or download a registration form and fax to 401 454-6218. Registration is also accepted by phone at 401 454-6209, or in person at the RISDCE office, 20 Washington Place, 1st floor, Providence.RISDCE – Where Art is for Everyone All ages and skill levels welcome!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
RISD Press release below:
Providence, RI to host annual “A Better World by Design” Conference
October 2-4, 2009
Rhode Island School of Design & Brown Students Create International Community of Social & Environmental Change.
Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) will invite a global community of innovative thinkers, professionals, and students to Providence, RI to explore, share, and create experiences of social and environmental design. This three-day internationally acclaimed conference, now in its second year, “A Better World by Design” (www.abetterworlddesign.com) will be held October 2-4, 2009 on the campuses of Brown and RISD in Providence, RI. Nearly 500 guests from around the world will gather to discuss innovative approaches and solutions to extreme poverty, access to basic resources, environmental degradation, the future of our infrastructure, and the design of our societies in order to create a better way of life. Global leaders from the fields of architecture, design, engineering, economics, entr epreneurship, environmental studies, business, politics, and global development will converge during this conference to discuss the critical role of design as an integrative application to improve the world and its inhabitants.
“Art and design have a powerful role in this universe – to take all of the complexity in our world and make sense of it on a human scale,” said RISD President John Maeda. “This collaboration between RISD and Brown is just one example of the difference we can make."
And I will be joining this inspiring group as an invited panelist: "Green Consumer Products", Friday, October 2 at 11:30 am at the RISD Museum. Lisle Room
Matt Grigsby, Ecolect, email@example.com
Rosanne Somerson, RISD Furniture Dept, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Oliveira, Oliveira Textiles, email@example.com
See you there.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
"Consumer demand for more environmentally responsible products is growing. Once confined to a small market of environmentalists, consumers who choose green products over other options now represent 40 percent of the American market, according to Cone’s “Green Gap 2008 survey.”Although companies are paying it more attention, greenwash continues to grow. This is due largely to a growing demand for green-related products—and to the fact that the companies attempting to respond to that demand lack either the ability or the willingness to decipher and act on what is expected.
It takes time and diligence for companies to get the facts straight, not to mention committment. We're working at it.
So, here are a few updates:
- I will be 'co-teaching' another RISD continuing ed class entitled "Eco-Materials for Interior Design". Matt Grigsby will share his expertise in Industrial Design and I will share my Textiles expertise. (go to www.risd.edu/ce for more details)
- 10/04/09, 2 day event - RISD's 'Build A Better World'. It's a student organized event with some notable speakers. I will be on the 'Green Consumer Products' panel and am really looking forward to sharing our research on creating safer, healthier textiles.
- 10/22/09 Thursday, 7pm-9pm - RISD has spnsored a symposium called 'Design, Industry + Careers in the Age of Sustainability'. There will be 3 of us - all Rhode Islanders *Matt Grigsby ( RISD alumni and CEO/Founder of a great green materials sourcing group called Ecolect based in Providence and Chicago.) http://www.ecolect.com/ *Meaghan O'Neill http://www.treehugger.com/ (Meaghan is one of the original founders), *Dawn Oliveira - http://www.oliveiratextiles.com/ (Veteran Textile Designer / Educator) Go to http://www.risd.edu/ for further information.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Thank you Cara, Emily,and Lynne. Your interest and enthusiasm in Sustainable Textiles made teaching a pleasure. I look forward to seeing all of you in October at RISD's "Build A Better World Event".
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Apartment Therapy Boston Sustainable Fabrics Inspired by the Sea
We love it when locally-made, environmentally-conscious products find their way into our mailbox. Add a dose of New England inspiration into the aesthetic and it really makes us smile. Introducing the debut line of eco-friendly fabrics inspired by the ocean from the Rhode Island-based company Oliveira...
Also, I'm heading down to NYC on Friday, June 26, to visit the showroom of our newest representative: AM Collections in SOHO - 584 Broadway to be exact. Oliveira Textiles is thrilled to finally have a presence in our favorite city!
And because it's so important to mix pleasure with business, I look forward to seeing 5 of my dearest friends from Polo and Liz for a wonderful Indian dinner. A few hours of R&R will truly be welcome.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
We've discovered some new web press from Design Trade Magazine.
Design Trade Magazine: Ocean and Madeira Collections from Oliveira Textiles
The author's insightful essay reminds us that today most of our food is shipped to us from the far corners of the globe and "we no longer, grow, harvest or prepare most of our daily bread".
The new monocultures require lots of water, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Of course nothing lasts forever and much of the land in India, to name one country, has today, been lost to salinization. The water is poisoned-truly a grim picture. (The same is happening with conventional cotton production around the globe).
Read the story, grow a garden, enjoy and celebrate the healthy choices we have, support sustainable agriculture--for our food, for our fibers and for our kids' futures.
Dawn & Deb
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Future Society is leading a campaign to ban PBDE toxic flame retardants. These synthetic chemicals make clothing, furniture and electronics less flammable, but we now know they are harmful to humans and to sealife, especially killer whales. To learn more and to get involved, visit http://www.toxicflameretardants.org/
Talk about ' full cirlce'...My entire family (8 kids) at my dad's request, would gather around the TV on Sunday evenings to watch Jacques Cousteau's undersea adventures.......and since we've been doing a fair amount of technical research these days..thought I would share this. We all want our kids and homes to be protected against any and all possible disasters, but are chemically saturated fabrics and clothing really necessary? The research is pretty heady and more scientific than many folks have the patience to read through...but I'll share an article I've just read anyway...link here.
"Recently there are increasing concerns over the environmental and toxicological impacts of halogenated flame retardants and their decomposition products formed when the flame retarded polymer systems are burned during an accidental fire, disposed off in the environment or being incinerated. California, for example, is to ban some halogenated flame retardants in 2008 due to the health concerns. Another serious drawback of halogenated polymer systems is that they generate thick smokes and toxic fumes when burned during a fire event.
A new series of low smoke, non-halogenated flame retardants have been developed. Tests showed that the flame retardants are effective in PP and other polyolefin compounds. These flame retardants compare favorably with traditional flame retardants such as halogenaated, mineral and APP flame retardants."
Friday, March 20, 2009
Textiles take on a whole new, less toxic meaning thanks to the help of this change maker.
By Jessica Root Brooklyn, NY, USA Thu Mar 19 15:00:00 EDT 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Molly was an early supporter of Oliveira Textiles and has purchased many of our prints for eco conscious buyers; like these fabulous bamboo chairs, showcasing our Anemone pattern in redcoral. Make a purchase and support green textile manufacturing!!
Philadelhia Convention Center PA Convention Center
Friday, February 20, 2009
Most importantly, I want to thank Matt Grigsby and Elizabeth Redmond from 'Ecolect' http://www.ecolect.net/ for graciously inviting Oliveira Textiles to join their panel of super sustainability speakers. I was honored to be included and look forward to future opportunities.
Eco Materials Panelists were:
Matt Grigsby - Founder and panel moderator - www.ecolect.net
Marci Zaroff - Founder http://www.underthecanopy.com/
Mark Dwight - Founder www.rickshawbags.com & http://rickshawbags.wordpress.com
Jonathan Shaun - Founder - http://connectchicago.blogspot.com
Charlotte - www.ellavickers.com
Dawn Oliveira - http://www.oliveiratextiles.com/ & http://oliveiratextiles.blogspot.com/
What I take away from this trip is:
* a feeling of incredibly deep respect and admiration for those panelists and companies who have
made the commitment to create , healthy, sustainable, successful products,
* inspired by the positive, youthful exhuberance of the speakers ,
* motivated to improve our product, educate and excite our customers and excell, sustainably,
ourselves and the planet.
I got to chat with Jill Dumain - Textile expert from Patagonia! and listen to Eric Ryan - Founder of the incredibly successful,San Francisco based, 'Method'- the environmentally safe cleaning products company... So, admittedly, I did spend more time at Eco-seminars and other Eco-product booths than in the larger 'Magic' experience, but what I did see in the S.LA.T.E, STREET, & POOL fashion exhibits were some fabulous, hip, chic urban fashion companies...now if they were only taking those first steps to manufacture with the environment in mind, we'd all be golden!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
From my own perspective as a designer, I will do my best to highlight the importance of creating a sustainable society through education, inspiration, and innovation...it will clearly take a concerted effort on the part of designers, scientists, economists and politicians to rescue our economy and protect our planet.
Some eco-facts I've read this morning:
...Over the next three decades, today´s students must re-engineer and re-wire the world, provide shelter and food for three billion more people, and stabilize the global climate, sustainably.
Professor Eban Goodstein, Bard Center, National Climate Dialogue -www.nationalteachin.org
...Catering to environmental demands also is becoming increasingly important for keeping the industry's mills and factories humming. The emphasis on "green" applies to the whole spectrum, from basic fibers all the way to finished garments. (and home textiles)
...Retailers also are in the forefront of the eco drive. Their basic message to suppliers these days: If you don't follow some ecological principles, we will look for other suppliers who can and will.
...One final sign that reducing the environmental footprint is now mainstream: The increasing reliance on third-party certifications. At last count, there were 38 certifiers for textiles. These include such organizations as the International Oeko-Tex Association, bluesign technologies ag and the International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard. Some of these outfits even work with manufacturers in such key areas as water use, energy and chemicals.
Robert S. Reichard, Economics Editor - Textile World - Textiles 2009: Some Late Bottoming Out, But No Miracles
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
It is with very heavy hearts that we say farewell. Over the last 4 years, in 28 issues, we have done our best to create a great magazine. We started with a real idea—that style is for everyone—and tried to carry it out with stories that provide inspiration and empower you to act on it. From your tremendous response, we know that we were onto something. In this tough economy, however, we simply weren't able to get the advertising support we needed.
As domino evolved, we never lost sight of our original democratic premise. Looking back at the manifesto we published in the premiere issue, the first tenet of domino is still the truest: Home should make you happy. We hope we have played a part in making this come true for you.
Love,All the editors of domino "
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act has voted to issue a one year stay of enforcement (it remains in effect until February 10, 2010) for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years and younger. This is limited relief from the testing and certification in effect as of February 10, 2009 for new total lead content limits (600ppm) and pthalates limits (1000ppm), among other things. The commission says it needs more time to finalize the proposed rules and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted.
For anyone not in the loop on this; it was legislation that would have potentially devastated small businesses who could not absorb the costs of testing dozens, 100's or 1000's of SKUs in inventory. Retailers felt they were being asked to assume the responsibility and costs while policing the whole process. And the beat goes on...
Keep in mind however that all businesses,including, but not limited to, handmade toy and apparel makers, crafters and home-based small busineses, must still be sure that their products conform to all safety standards including the lead and pthalates provisions under the CPSIA.
Oliveira Textiles uses only organic cotton and hemp along with oeko-tex approved dyes, and heavy-metal & pthalate free pigments. We are having our fabrics tested to confirm these facts to all of our customers.
Thanks for listening.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Eco-Friendly Fabrics From Oliveira Textiles California Home and Design
Posted by Mikhael Romain
Monday, December 29, 2008 12:27 AM
"If you’re looking for a fashionable and eco-friendly way to upholster your favorite chair, check out Oliveira textiles. The Rhode Island company uses organic cotton and hemp fabrics for their designs that feature botanical and sea-inspired prints. The two collections, Ocean and Madeira, come in shades of blue, orange, purple and green. oliveiratextiles.com "
nice note to end the evening on...