Our mission is to design and deliver innovative solutions that benefit human and environmental health, while educating and challenging ourselves, our suppliers and customers in sustainable practices.
Designtex is committed to operating as a carbon neutral company. With a business model to design and distribute surface materials, we recognize that our carbon emissions come primarily from our facilities and transportation. In early 2007, we began making internal reductions in our offices and balanced the energy use of our NYC headquarters with renewable energy credits. With additional investments in carbon offset projects, Designtex was able to take the footprint of its operations to net zero in 2010, and continues to operate carbon neutral to this day.
Designtex’s footprint for 2013 is estimated to be 3076 tons of CO2e emissions. This number includes emissions from all Designtex facilities’ energy use, business travel, freight (inbound and outbound shipments), employee commuting, and waste. In 2013, we are pleased to support two carbon offset projects. The Indiana School Wind Project has enabled the construction of wind turbines on the grounds of several schools in Indiana, and implemented a curriculum for renewable energy education for the students. The project will reduce 39,000 metric tons of emissions for Designtex and other supporters over its first ten years of operations. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Methane Capture and Use project in Colorado captures methane that seeps into the atmosphere from coal seams that rise to the ground’s surface. Taking this “fugitive” methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases, and putting it to good use as energy is an effective way to address climate change. The Ute project will reduce up to 60,000 metric tons of emissions per year. Both the Southern Ute Methane and Indiana School Wind projects are certified to the Verified Carbon Standard.
In addition to our corporate footprint, Designtex is an active participant in greening our industry. Over the last seven years Designtex has had a representative on the Joint Committee of NSF 336, a voluntary consensus standard of sustainability that was crafted by a broad range of stakeholders along the textile supply chain and into academic, public health, and design communities. Now an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved assessment tool, NSF 336 is a living document that Designtex will rely upon to ground the company’s decisions and actions on sustainable textiles.