The first was a new bed for Nigel, our faithful animal companion. Nigel firmly believes in living a green lifestyle, but he also has rather specific needs when it comes to where he rests his head. So, after looking around at various organic and eco-friendly pet bed options, I decided on the Tuckered Out model from West Paw. It was a bit pricier than the beds I usually get Nigel, but its design seemed perfect for the way he likes to sleep, and the cover comes off for easy washing, so it should last quite a while.
West Paw Design is a pet product company with a commitment to green manufacturing practices, including material reuse, waste minimization and energy efficiency. And, all their products are made in their Montana factory, where they believe in paying their workers a fair wage, including health benefits. Nigel's new bed is filled with IntelliLoft fiber fill, which is made from recycled plastic bottles. As you can see, he finds it quite cozy.
Last weekend, we made an even bigger upgrade and finally purchased a new fancy leather chair for our living room. Dakota and I have essentially been shopping for this chair for three years. We were looking for something that was comfortable but still slim and stylish enough not to overpower the space. Our house is quite small, and the living room is where we spend most of our awake indoor time. It seemed important to find just the right chair.
Happily, I finally found what we were looking for at the Cisco Brothers store on La Brea. Isn't it lovely?
Cisco Brothers is a furniture company headquartered in South Central Los Angeles. From what I have read, the owner, Cisco Pinedo, seems very committed to running a sustainable business and to being a positive force in the community. Since 2006, Cisco Brothers have used exclusively FSC certified hardwoods in their upholstered furniture and reclaimed wood in their cabinets and tables. In addition, they use water-based glues and environmentally friendly detergents to wash their fabrics.
Cisco has several showrooms around Los Angeles, and their style falls somewhere between traditional and modern. I felt very happy to purchase a chair that looked great and was made in Los Angeles with an environmental conscience.