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Shoppers typically make purchasing decisions based on the quality of a brand’s product and its price. But a third factor – a brand’s “purpose” – has emerged as equally influential. Roughly 84 percent of consumers say they try to consider a company’s social and environmental pledges before they buy or shop, according to a 2015 Cone Communications Study.

                                                

During a panel discussion held March 1st at the Joinery, a group of small business owners, startup executives and a developer grappled with the entrepreneurial challenges and opportunities of sustainability: how to define the term, obstacles to implementation and the need to catalyze a bold new era of clean, green leadership in Oregon.

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The difference in price between handmade and machine-made rugs can be large, and it causes many people to opt for the cheaper machine-made variety. They argue that machine-made rugs look exactly the same as handmade despite coming with a much smaller price tag. But price isn’t the only factor setting handmade and machine-made rugs apart. They differ greatly in composition as well, displaying differences in quality of materials as well as craftsmanship.

Built Oregon, Oregon Business magazine and The Joinery are pleased to jointly present this special Portland event,

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Spoil your sweetheart at The Joinery this Valentine’s season. Join French Quarter Linens and Oregon Home Magazine and learn the fine art of layering your bed with exquisite linens.

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Shop Talk is your opportunity to have an exclusive inside look at different Portland Business Alliance member companies. Join 20-30 fellow Alliance members to “talk shop” over coffee and a light breakfast. The event features open networking, member introductions, a brief host presentation and a door-prize drawing.

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Save the date! Join Design Museum Portland for a UNITE discussion event. Panelists from SERA Architects, Looptworks and The Joinery will discuss sustainability as a design principle. YR & G will moderate this lively discussion and include audience participation. We'll cover themes such as the challenges with sustainable design, sourcing materials, upcycling, and reusing materials. UNITE is Design Museum Portland's evening discussion series which explores themes at the intersection of Design and just about everything else. Join us for local wines and tasty bites.

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The Joinery is proud to announce a partnership with Zena Forest Products to source local Oregon White Oak. We strive to utilize lumber from local sources and that which is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council. Through our partnership with Zena, we accomplish both.

The Joinery's downtown Portland location is host to several new pieces of art from the Portland Art Museum. Portland is a mecca for art, design, fashion and the "maker" community.

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Since 1989, Friends of Trees has planted half a million trees throughout the Portland/Vancouver and Eugene/Springfield metro areas. Nearly every Saturday, Friends of Trees is out at one or more planting sites and they always need more help planting trees; no experience required. Simply show up, wear closed-toes shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Friends of Trees provides the breakfast, gloves, tools and expert guidance to have a great time. A potluck lunch is provided at the end of the planting. 

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