Designtex is committed to operating as a sustainable company. With a business model to design and distribute materials, we recognize that greenhouse gas emissions come from our facilities, transportation, business travel, employee commuting, and waste. Every year, we assess our operational footprint according to the World Resource Institute's Greenhouse Gas Protocols and reduce or offset our total emissions by investing in carbon reduction projects. .
Designtex evaluates carbon reduction projects for their strong environmental and social benefits and seeks to bring new renewable energy or carbon-reduction projects online, while simultaneously supporting local communities. Through our support of eleven innovative emission reduction projects, Designtex has balanced our total footprint since 2010 and is keeping more than 23,000 metric tons of CO2 from the global atmosphere, while investing in communities across North America.
Sustainable Printing Operations
Designtex’s digital printing facility in Portland, Maine has been certified by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership since 2009. The SGP program was established to provide 3rd-party verification of a print facility’s sustainability efforts. This continuous-improvement certification keeps Designtex innovating a more sustainable path forward in printing. We see the results in our workplace environment, the products we produce, and the recycling and reuse programs we have initiated throughout the nine years of certification.We have also achieved SCS Indoor Advantage Gold Certification for low emissions on all our Digital Wallcoverings printed at Portland.
Products & Materials
Designtex is committed to improving the material health and transparency of our products. We believe that providing transparent product ingredient information allows customers to make better-informed choices. We use our material chemistry knowledge along with sustainability certifications to continually improve our products’ contribution to human and environmental health.
Designtex commits time and knowledge to industry efforts to further material health. Designtex staff serve on various committees, including the Technical Committee of the Health Product Declaration, the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council, the Association for Contract Textiles Board and Environmental Education committees, the joint committee of the NSF/ANSI 336 Sustainable Textile Standard, the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership board, and the Circular Economy 100. We believe that partnering within the industry and the business community at large is the best way to advance sustainability.