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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : May/June 2003 : Special Section

Special Section

Celebrating Inquiry and Collaboration

The Designtex Group is committed to environmental innovation. It demonstrates this commitment in its wide selection of sustainable solutions for built environment
interiors. According to Tom Hamilton, president, “The Designtex Group is the leading innovator in sustainable textiles. We currently have the world’s broadest range of sustainable
offerings to meet our customer’s needs. Yet, we are driven to expand our sustainable offerings—so that eventually, all of our products will be truly sustainable.”


Environmental Impact™ is the newest addition to The Designtex Group’s selection of sustainable solutions. It is an extensive collection of seating and panel fabrics pioneered in partnership with Steelcase using state-of-the-art environmentally responsible manufacturing processes.

It took close to two years for a multidisciplinary team of 26 people to bring this collection to market. A major goal for the team was to develop polyester fabrics that overcome the most difficult obstacle to recycling—the need for chemical backing. Renowned textile and color consultant, Kristie Strasen, of Strasen Frost Associates, observed, “Eliminating the chemical backing process is a huge accomplishment in the contract textile market. The collection had to deliver excellent physical properties including exceptional abrasion resistance, and suitability for unique Steelcase applications like steam-activated molded seating.”

Hamilton concurs, “The Environmental Impact Collection represents a new direction for the furniture manufacturing supply chain, with the ultimate goal of making polyester fabrics perpetually recyclable. We feel it is a benchmark in the ongoing effort to develop more responsible manufacturing processes.”

The Designtex Group is proud of all of its sustainable initiatives. Two new additions to the Duraprene family of sustainable wallcoverings include Hammered Metal and Aquarium. These offerings are presented under the Designtex/Sustainable Initiatives brand and are a green alternative to vinyl. All Duraprene products are produced with water-based inks and have a recycled fiber content of 50 percent wood pulp from sustainably managed
forests, 40 percent post-industrial waste and 10 percent post-consumer waste.

The Designtex Group maintains showrooms and offices in 41 U.S. cities and international locations. A Steelcase (NYSE:scs) company that “celebrates inquiry and collaboration,” it embraces McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry’s “Cradle to Cradle” protocol as a model for intelligent product design.

Learn more about The DesignTexGroup by calling 800-221-1540, or by visiting www.thedesigntexgroup.com

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