Jonsara Ruth, of Q Collection is the last of our profiles of the 4 presenters/panelists at last Thursday's AT Design Meetup on Green @ Home. Jonsara comes to the Q Collection after a rich past including growing up 'off the land' in the Finger Lakes Region, going to art school, and managing manufacturing production for Martha Stewart. She turned to Q Collection when she realized that both the environment and product design were personal priorities that could not be compromised.
Jonsara explained that Q Collection started out with the goal of creating more sustainable furniture, accessories and fabrics. That means that they wanted to work with domestic manufacturers as much as possible and try to help these manufacturers adopt greener practices. One success was getting a manufacturing plant to stop using toxic glue in their process. Eventually they adopted that practice for all of their pieces and not just the ones they made for Q Collection.
Jonsara knows that a lot of her environmental consciousness comes from her upbringing in a primarily 'off the grid' situation, but she is happy to see basic practices of water conservation, and non-toxic products making into the mainstream. Jonsara relayed the fact that studies have proven that the average air quality inside a home is almost always worse than that outside. The off-gassing of floorcoverings, upholstery, window treatments combined with toxic cleaning chemicals appear to remain trapped in climate controlled homes. The data is becoming more well known and is affecting consumer's preferences and behavior.
To create a more healthy living environment, Jonsara suggests being aware of the impact of the furniture and fabrics you bring into your home. Of course it also helps to open your windows.
Q Collection manages to make great looking pieces that are built to last. It's unique and reassuring to know that the company's owners, designers and manufacturers have their consumers' health in mind.
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