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Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.

- Albert Einstein

Designtex

Designtex applauds the growth in green building and the adoption of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® rating systems for architectural and interiors projects.  We support these increasingly sustainable built environments by providing documentation to show how our products may align with credits in various LEED rating systems.  Designtex is proud to have been awarded LEED Gold for the 2008 re-design of our Chicago showroom.

We recognize that LEED was developed for building projects and that it can sometimes be difficult to locate where fabrics fit into the rating systems. We have distilled the applicable LEED Materials and Resources credit categories for fabrics into three major areas, which we refer to as the 3 R’s:  Recycled content, Rapidly Renewable content, and Regional Materials. While these are not the only areas where surface materials may contribute credits on a project, they represent the majority of credit opportunities. In addition, the recent adoption of Cradle to Cradle product certification for Innovation credits is a favorable one for fabrics in the scheme of LEED.

Sustainable Textiles

Kansas City Science and Technology Center

Kansas City Science and Technology Center

A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its
beauty.

- Albert Einstein