A Favorite Eco-Luxury Home Furnishings Manufacturer - Perfect for Beach Living!
We’d love to re-introduce our customers to one of our favorite coastal home decor brands - back in our store after a two-year hiatus with new fun beach inspired designs knit into luxurious cozy, made in America throw blankets.
Meet the team of talented designers and creators behind In2Green! We sent the creators a list of questions to show how In2Green was started in 2006 and why we at Caron's Beach House love their coastal home products. Not only are their throws beautiful, soft, cozy and uniquely designed, but they also follow our mantra of trying to find home decor items created with a design philosophy towards Made in America sustainability.
1. How were you inspired to create your company, In2green?
We were inspired to create beautiful products that were modern in design, sustainable and made in the US.
2. How did you start In2green?
I (Lori Slater) had a striving design business and then partnered with my friend, Stefanie Zeldin Sigal who has a background in sustainability. We realized that there was a gap in the market for sustainable home furnishings, so a new idea was born!
Our thread literally begins with a single thread - two friends with textile, design, and retail background wanting to make something beautiful and high quality out of recycled materials.
Today, In2green continues to prove that up-cycling is indeed possible in the USA. True to our roots, In2green is made up of a talented team of extremely dedicated women who bring the best ideas to the studio every day. The craftsmanship of our products is in great part due to the dedication of several remarkable graphic artists, hustling sales reps, and USA based family-run textile mills. We could not have come this far without them!
3. Why “eco-green”?
Why not? Why would any manufacturer today not try their absolute best to bring products to the market place that are sustainable in material and in the production process.
The Future of Up-Cycling: in2green is charting a new course for modern home and knit accessories. Thanks to a team of local creative designers, in2green has become a brand leader, creating modern sustainable products and luxury textiles. Highly committed in both style and mission, in2green products minimize environmental impact, promote green jobs and spur "American-made" manufacturing opportunities.
4. What do you feel is your biggest influence on your own design ideas?
I want to sell décor products that are modern plus products that I would want to have in my own home.
5. Do you have a design or artist's mentor, someone that has inspired you to push your boundaries? If you do, who is/was it and why?
We work with several local designers to collaborate on our designs.
6. What do you think is your true "uniqueness" with your products? What sets you apart from other home decor companies?
All of our products are manufactured with a blend of recycled cotton yarns and knit in the USA. Our designs are unique and modern.
7. What is "recycled" cotton?
Commonly referred to as "post industrial" or "pre-consumer" material, cotton fabrics for example can be salvaged from weaving operations, t-shirt and underwear factories, or even from excess unsold items. These are new materials (already dyed and washed), in perfect form to be re-fiberized or mechanically shredded and recycled back into new fibers and yarns.
Imagine you are the fabric surrounding a 100% blue cotton t-shirt. Ideally, you will not be carted to a dumpster, but instead carefully scooped up and sorted by color - eventually spun back into a usable blue yarn. The great advantage is that no new cotton had to be processed, irrigated, or even dyed - an enormous saving to the planet.
8. Does your company participate in any fun green activities in your community?
We have participated in the green festival in NYC & DC and currently we are supporting the American Littoral Society with our collection of indoor/outdoor throws created with soft yarn created from recycled plastic bottles. (keeping them out of the ocean!)
Their mission is one that we strongly believe in and that we are excited to participate with! "The American Littoral Society promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same."
9. Describe your perfect day at the beach…. (surfing, beachcombing, reading, etc.)
My perfect day at the beach is sitting under an umbrella at 3:00 pm, with a slight wind blowing and a great novel in hand. My family beside me.
From the In2Green Blog:
If you live near a lake or the ocean, chances are that you have often seen trails of garbage, left by humans, enjoying the beach. Imagine a world where all waste could be turned into beautiful textiles that would enhance your home.
In2green eco knit throws capture this spirit. Crafted from a blend of recycled cotton, these throws are made from the cutting scraps of t-shirts that have been re-fiberized and up-cycled into new luxury yarns. Designed with modern, playful seaside graphics, these throws and pillows will not only spruce up your décor, but will also keep you cozy and warm on those chilly nights at your lake or summer home.
We could not agree more!