SCS Global Services Awards Designtex First Gold-Level Certification Under the
Facts™ Sustainability Ecolabel for Commercial Furnishings Fabric
EMERYVILLE, Calif., July 17, 2013
EMERYVILLE, Calif., July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --SCS Global Services (SCS)
has issued the first gold-level certification to Designtex, a Steelcase
Company, under the facts™ ecolabel developed by the Association for Contract
Textiles (ACT). The certification recognizes Designtex's "Gold Standard"
textiles collection – including its Concept, Precision, and Pop Art styles –
as meeting stringent criteria for environmental sustainability from the fiber
stage to end-of-use.
"This certification confirms Designtex's commitment to environmental
excellence," said Stowe Beam, Managing Director of SCS Environmental
Certification Services division. "Its precedent-setting gold-level
certification is a valuable example for other textile companies to follow."
According to Beam, the facts™ ecolabel is issued only after companies
demonstrate that their products meet requirements in eight key parameters
across the product lifecycle, comprising: Fiber Sourcing, Safety of Materials,
Water Conservation, Water Quality, Energy, Recycling Practices, Air Quality In
Manufacturing, and Social Accountability. These requirements are based on the
NSF/ANSI 336 standard, the principal standard used in the U.S. to evaluate and
certify the sustainability of commercial furnishings. Certification to this
standard allows Designtex to further demonstrate its commitment to
transparency and environmental stewardship, and to showcase responsible
sourcing and manufacturing processes in order to promote awareness of best
practices in sustainability within the contract furnishings industry.
"With a deep commitment to environmental rigor, it was important that
Designtex go through a third party auditing and evaluation process of these
products to make sure we captured all areas of performance and did so without
bias," said Carol Derby, Vice President of Research and Development at
Designtex. "SCS moved us through the process efficiently and was able to guide
us to further improve the sustainable attributes of this collection."
Designtex is an award-winning design and product development firm that
celebrates inquiry and collaboration. Guided by a strong environmental vision,
Designtex has employed lifecycle thinking to frame its environmental design
process for close to two decades, and continues to create opportunities for
closing the loop. A Steelcase (NYSE:scs) company, Designtex's offerings
include upholstery, wallcovering, panel fabrics, drapery, architectural
panels, and digitally-printed surfaces. For more information call 800-221-1540
or visit www.designtex.com.
SCS Global Services has been providing global leadership in third-party
environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and
standards development for three decades. Its programs span a wide
cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building,
product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retail, and more. SCS
provides services under a wide range of internationally recognized
certification programs, and is a chartered benefit corporation and Certified B
Corp™, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible
Julie Gengo, SCS Global Services
Helen Gyger, Designtex
SOURCE SCS Global Services
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