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|For over a quarter of a century Dream Designs has been creating well-made, sustainable products in Vancouver, Canada. The company has recently added a sustainable fashion line to round out their collection of eco-friendly products.
Years ago, Irma McInnis, Dream Designs' late founder, was known as the "cotton queen" in a sewing class because she refused to sew with polyester. An entrepreneur with a creative mind and a passion for natural lifestyles, McInnis found the perfect way to express her values when she established Dream Designs in 1981. She specialized in making premium quality sleep, spa, meditation, and décor items from cotton, hemp, and linen textiles.
Current owner and creative director, Bei Linda Tang, is working to expand on these foundational Dream Designs traditions. Tang is an ex-investment banker and a MBA who has lived in and traveled to many parts of the world. Through her previous involvement with mega-infrastructure developments, she has experienced first-hand the impact of human activity on the environment. Her husband, Steven Kennedy, equally well-traveled and eco-minded, is a Canadian Coast Guard Captain who has taken scientists from around the world to study global warming in the arctic. "Our rising standard of living should not come at the expense of the environment," Tang states. "There are always sustainable alternatives and as a business owner I feel obligated to make those alternatives available."
Tang's goal is to lessen humanity's detrimental effect on the environment by increasing the use of sustainable fibers. Her strategy is simple: offer well-designed, well-made products constructed with sustainable fibers and both the consumer and the planet will benefit.