Phyllis Ripple | U.S. Green Building Council
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Phyllis Ripple is the founder and CEO of ecoFiber Custom Rugs, based in
Boulder, Colorado. ecoFiber Custom Rugs manufactures handmade rugs in Nepal
for the architectural and interior design communities in the United States
and abroad.

Ripple blended her passion for design and textiles, her university education
in Art History, and her social and environmental concerns to create a
business model at ecoFiber Custom Rugs that would accomplish three goals. The
first goal was to grow a company based on simple sustainable principles.
Second, Ripple put her money behind preventing the exploitation of children.
Third, she fashioned a way to create useful, high-quality rugs, for
discriminating clients. And she gets to travel to her favorite part of the

A longtime expatriate, Ripple has lived and raised children in Pakistan,
Indonesia, Egypt and the United Kingdom. Many of these stops along Ripple’s
journey were within great weaving regions of the world. This truly allowed
her to study first hand how carpets woven with natural fibers and dyes create
a timeless beauty. "We were all immersed in the fabulous rug culture of
Karachi - it was easy to learn from these men. The viewings would last for
hours and hours, oftentimes our entire front yard was covered with kilims,
runners, prayer rugs, enormous Tabriz, Bokkhara, Shiraz rugs in the most
lustrous colors. A site I will never forget".

Ripple has also traveled through every continent, bringing a global awareness
of the social and environmental obstacles facing the majority of families in
developing economies.

Ripple continues to traverse the world seeking inspiration and learning from
her partners in the creative process - dyers and weavers. However, never in
her business or travels does Ripple’s focus on sustainability ever waiver:
natural fibers, dyes and the craftsmanship of the Tibetan weavers result in
rugs which are not only an ethical choice, but one that is truly a work of
community art.