The products offered at MySoulSeat.com are hand crafted from renewable materials
wherever possible. We are always looking for ways to increase the percentage of low
impact parts. Our metal fabricators utilize 80% recycled steel for the core of the Soul Seat.
Because production of the Soul Seat is centrally located in the Midwest, the largest portion
of the Seat's carbon footprint (shipping) is reduced. Ask about our customizing options.
You can choose to have your Soul Seat built with sustainably harvested wood, natural latex
foam, sustainable fabrics. You can also choose to have your local upholsterer customize
your Soul Seat. We'll ship the Soul Seat un-upholstered and you can work with your local
artisan to choose just the right covering. This saves you money on shipping costs and
helps keep more of your purchasing dollars local.
|The Renewal of Healthy Seating
|If we were all in ideal health, we would prefer to sit on the floor as our pelvis was brilliantly
designed to do. This would reduce humanity's carbon load on the environment due to the
fewer pieces of furniture needed to be produced, maintained, shipped and moved from
home to home, office to office, and finally to the landfill. You may have noticed that young
people today prefer the floor for studying and staying connected on their laptops, smart
phones and tablets. As more and more knowledge work migrates to the information cloud, it
will be easier to continue choosing to work either standing up or situated comfortably on the
floor or a platform/riser of some sort (see patent diagrams in the Soul Seat Story). Soul
Seat fits into this progression toward healthier work. Soul Seat helps the knowledge
worker make the transition to a pelvis that's flexible and strong enough to work wherever the
information cloud is.
One of the principle reasons our landfills are overflowing with beautifully designed objects
that too soon get tossed, is our addiction to expecting change and newness to enter our
lives through what we purchase. We have demanded, - and designers have willingly
complied- with elegant new spins on conventional ideas, while our personal health and that
of our environment heads in the other direction, declining and deteriorating. We allow
marketers to convince us that we can buy our way into a healthier feeling. We designed
Soul Seat to turn that equation around. Rather than tire of the look of Soul Seat as styles
around it change, your attachment to your purchase grows as you watch the changes
emerge in your body and spirit. The chair doesn't change, you do. Soul Seat is designed
in so the "new" shows up in your greater health, flexibility and vitality. What's "new and
improved" becomes a daily revelation of how to grow a more sustainable relationship
between gravity and your spine. The built environment around you seems fresh and inviting
because you are changing again. You end up being attached to and appreciative of the
design of Soul Seat over time, as the superficial changes of mere fashion and style come
and go around you. Of course, you can always reupholster the Soul Seat to match those
superficial changes if you like but the functional portion of the product doesn't have to end
up in the landfill.
If you ever pass your Soul Seat on to another, it will be because you've progressed to doing
most of your work and play on the floor. At Soul Seat, we would much rather see a million
people healthy enough to keep their original love affair with the floor intact, than purchase a
Soul Seat just because it's the cool new thing. We're not interested in Soul Seats being the
next unused exercise machine in the corner. But if the choice is between conventional
seating and a Soul Seat, think about which would be better for the planet in the long run.
In the future we hope to institute product leasing programs to create as complete a closed
loop on the petroleum based materials as possible, and locate more of the manufacturing
and assembly closer to future customers.
Energy and Vitality