Some American made, less sustainable in Tupelo

shaw living tommy bahama rugIt was really good to see there there continues to be a good bit of mississippi made upholstery in what is / or used to be the Upholstery Capital of the world.  Of course, there were plenty of imports.  But the Mississippi and other US manufacturers continue to have a fairly good presence at this show.

Also as expected, I didn't find much in the sustainable area.  (Note:  I didn't do market research, just walked the 6 huge buildings with my eyes open).  One wonderful exception was at the Shaw Living space.  These guys seem to have been working at recycling for years.  And now all Shaw Living rugs are recycleable at their Evergreen Nylon Recycling facility in Augusta, Ga.  I look forward to learning more about Shaw's sustainable efforts.  Maybe I can even get a tour of their recycling facility next time I'm in the Atlanta area.  (This pic is of the knowledgeable and helpful Shaw reps at the Tupelo Show - standing in front of one of their recycleable Tommy Bahama Rugs).

Robin Wade