Posts Tagged: eco friendly

Jun 10

How to Install Veledo Recycled Leather Flooring

We are pleased to announce that we’ll soon be shipping samples of our new Veledo recycled leather flooring. This new sustainable flooring product represents the first ever non-textile addition to our product line. Because its extremely stylish, durable and has a great sustainability story we feel its a great fit.

Below is a short video created and narrated by our own Tara McLarney, account manager extraordinaire. We’ll  be writing more about Veledo and are anxious to feature our first design project using it. Will it be yours? – Read more about Veledo. To order samples or buy call 800-345-2200 or email

Here are few candid photos of Veledo:

Leather Flooring Tile

Recycled Leather Flooring

Mar 10

Knitted items for charity

As the days get shorter and the weather becomes colder, the need for knit hats, socks, scarves, and blankets becomes greater for people in need. Merida always has left over yarn in our Fall River facility where we weave tufted and viewpoint rugs. Our yarns are 100% New Zealand wool which is a renewable, biodegradable fiber that has natural insulating properties to retain heat and increase cooling effectiveness.

Debbie Bozak from the Dartmouth YMCA knitting group approached us if we wanted to donate our scrap yarns to Charity Knitting. So far, they have donated 26 hats, 17 scarves, 7 blankets, a pair of slippers and a headband to the Solanus Casey Food Pantry in New Bedford, serving residents in southcoast Massachusetts and Bristol County. In the past, blankets have been given to Women’s Center, hats and scarves to Market Ministry, various homeless shelters, battered women shelters, and food pantries in their local area. In all, this wonderful group has donated well over 200 items. Debbie says, “I never expect to see the items I make ever again. I just hope they help someone out and keep them warm and safe and lets them know someone was thinking about them.”

These women ranging from young to old, with varying skill level love creating knitted items that keep people feeling warm and dry, especially during the holiday and winter months. They meet at the Dartmouth YMCA, 276 Gulf Road, Dartmouth, MA during the school year on Mondays 1-2pm to socialize and knit. They are happy to invite new members and teach beginners how to knit.

Donna Edberg, the director of the knitting group says, “I have to say that the yarn [Merida] donates to us is the most beautiful and lovely yarn to work with. We are all a bit of yarn snobs and using acrylic is doable but real wool is so much better. We also know that the real wool will make the items we make that much warmer. When Debbie brings in the yarn we all crowd around oohing and ahhing. We thank you so much for the generous donation that helps supply us with beautiful quality yarn that helps our neighbors who need it.”

Other than knitting winter accessories, yarn can have more of a function in the home than on the body. Holly from Decor8 posted a blog about making yarn wreaths, inspired from Katie Runnels who posted a tutorial on her blog. These DIY yarn wreaths can be made to match any décor and can also be a thoughtful gift for friends and family. So if you have scrap yarn from your knitting projects, definitely head to your local crafts store to pick up yarn wreath supplies.

From left to right: Debra Bozak, Stacy Lague, Brenda Macedo, Susan Ferguson, Rose Amaral, Nancy MacEachern and Donna Edberg

From left to right: Debra Bozak, Stacy Lague, Brenda Macedo, Susan Ferguson, Rose Amaral, Nancy MacEachern and Donna Edberg

knitting ladies

Top Left: Donna Edberg Top Right: Ann Hull Bottom Left: Nancy MacEachem Bottom Right: Rose Amaral

Feb 10

Economic sustainability in Brazil

“The hinterland has everything we need; if not, we invent it.”

This phrase, the motto of the Brazilian co-op community where our new sisal rugs are made, summarizes the spirit of the Nordestino – people from the Northeast of Brazil. Living in the poorest region of Brazil and subject to severe periodical droughts, the Nordestino are resourceful, upbeat and entrepreneurial. Our partnership with this community both draws on and fuels that spirit.

We believe that our strong business relationship with the community is the best way we can help them become successful. Rather than simply donating money for their social programs and activities, our business helps the farmers generate their own resources. We pay fair prices for their products and lend our weaving expertise to improve the quality and sophistication of their design capabilities.

The constructions for our newest sisal collection were developed on hand looms by Merida designers in Fall River, MA.  The weavers at the co-op in Brazil then creatively transformed the prototypes into machine-woven patterns. Although the designs were created by us, we have allowed our Brazilian partner to sell these patterns in South America themselves. Keeping with our strategy to support the community through business, the co-op will pay Merida a small royalty on all sales they make of our patterns. This money will be used to create a fund to help support the many social and educational programs the co-op provides for its community.

We look forward to reporting on the success of this program and how it has helped the community along on its path to success and self-sufficiency. Merida Partners (customers enrolled in our subscription program) will receive samples of these new items in February. Check back soon for more news, or click here to watch a video about these new items!

Mandacaru City, Valente Coast and Paraiba River

New trend-right grey colorways: Mandacaru City, Valente Coast and Paraiba River

Valente Bay

Valente Bay, a heathered black and grey boucle sisal weave.

Dec 09

Green Design in Chicago

There is nothing average about Karen Kalmek. As the owner of Green Home Chicago, a 3-year-old store in the Windy City that carries Merida’s full line of area rugs, Karen has launched what is fast becoming Chicago’s #1 sustainable home design destination for interior designers, architectural firms, and eco-savvy consumers.  The store’s wide range of sustainable products, including rugs, tile, furniture and all manner of home accessories, has been carefully selected based on a 10-point rating system.  This “Green Scorecard” rates each item in the store based on whether it is vintage/reclaimed,  3rd party certified, locally made, cradle-to-cradle, etc.

I was thrilled to visit Karen in October in her gorgeous Fulton Market showroom.  With her collaborative approach to customer service and passion for beautiful and sustainable products, Green Home Chicago is fast earning a reputation as the midwest’s premiere green design destination.

“We have included Merida rugs in our collection of products because of their commitment to the environment and their community. The Pipeline sisal area rug shown on our showroom floor is both classy and sustainable. We love the fact that Merida’s sisal is completely natural and that the backing is 100% latex.” -Karen Kalmek, owner, Green Home Chicago

Merida's Pipeline Gold rug is the centerpiece of Green Home Chicago

Merida's Pipeline Gold sisal rug is the centerpiece of Green Home Chicago

To request samples of Pipeline in any of the five colorways we offer, click here. Or, to create a quote, visit our online customer center.

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