Chatsworth, CA -- Canadian furniture manufacturer EcoChic Lifestyles have relocated operations from Vancouver, BC to Los Angeles.
EcoChic says its decision to change locations was based in part on the city’s efforts to encourage green business. Mayor Eric Garcetti has set a goal of creating 20,000 green jobs, and named a chief sustainability officer, Matt Peterson. Los Angeles is also favorable trade location for the Pacific Rim, where many EcoChic 's materials come from.
EcoChic Lifestyles repurposes teak and other wood from Asian fishing boats and iron from bridges in Southeast Asian villages into hip furniture designs. The furniture is designed in Los Angeles and manufactured in Asian villages where the wood and metal comes from.
EcoChic Lifestyles buys its wood directly from fishing communities in Southeast Asia. The company then cleans and treats the wood, preserving the unique paint patterns (fishing families decorate their boats themselves). The company uses only straight and solid teak, and crafts each piece by hand. EcoChic Lifestyles' products range from larger pieces like consoles to decorative pieces like mirrors and wall panels.
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