Carbon Footprint & Sustainable Operations
Designtex is committed to operating as a sustainable company. With a business model to design and distribute materials, we recognize that our carbon emissions come primarily from our facilities and transportation. In early 2007, we began by reducing and offsetting the electricity use of our NYC headquarters. With additional investments in carbon offset projects, Designtex was able to fully balance its global operational footprint in 2010, and continues to do so to this day. By supporting eleven greenhouse gas emission reduction projects over the past seven years, Designtex is keeping more than 20,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere.
Designtex evaluates carbon reduction projects for their strong environmental and social benefits. Past projects supported include the Indiana School District Wind Project, which developed new wind turbines to power school buildings, while also providing hands-on renewable energy curriculum to be used for training students. Other offset project investments include the Greensburg Wind Farm, an 11-turbine wind project built to power a Kansas town after a devastating tornado; and the Wewoka Biogas project in Oklahoma, enabling gas generation from a Native reservation’s landfill to be utilized in place of fossil fuels for local power.
In addition to balancing our footprint, Designtex is proud that its digital printing facility in Maine has been certified for eight years to the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership’s recognized program for reduced environmental impacts. The SGP program was established to provide 3rd-party verification of sustainability efforts. This continuous-improvement certification keeps Designtex innovating a more sustainable path forward in printing.
Products & Transparency
Designtex is committed to improving the material health and transparency of our products. Designtex is a member of the Technical Committee of the Health Product Declaration (HPD) - a tool for reporting product ingredient hazards in a standardized format. Designtex was also a pilot company for Material IQ, a project by Greenblue to develop a cross-industry database containing complex material hazard information on products. We believe that by providing transparent ingredient information, customers can make better-informed choices.
Designtex also works with product certifications, including facts™ – the third party certification for the NSF/ANSI 336 sustainability standard for textiles. This consensus standard was crafted by a broad range of stakeholders along the textile supply chain, as well as academic, public health, and design communities. Designtex is proud to have been a contributing member of the joint committee throughout the seven years of development.
Designtex actively educates and contributes to product sustainability through other organizations such as the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council, the Association for Contract Textiles, and the Circular Economy 100. We believe that partnering within the industry and the business community at large is the best way to advance material health.