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Designtex Announces Environmental Initiatives, Unveils New Products

New York City-based Designtex has partnered with American Fibers and Yarns Co. (AF&Y), Chapel Hill, N.C., to offer customers a means of recycling its Eclipse collection of indoor/outdoor textiles. Eclipse textiles sent to AF&Y’s facility in Bainbridge, Ga., are processed into black plastic resin pellets, which are then converted into a range of end-products including weed block fabrics, filtration fabrics and wastewater liners, among other products, offsetting the need to use virgin plastic pellets derived from oil.

Designtex also currently partners with Honeywell Nylon Inc., Morristown, N.J., for reclamation of its Zeftron® Contex Solution-Dyed Nylon with Nano-Tex™ Resists Spills™ collection of contract textiles. In addition, the company can provide customers with information on how to participate in a reclamation program for its Fusion collection of architectural panels.

In addition to its product reclamation programs, Designtex has joined the Boulder, Colo.-based Renewable Choice Energy program, which enables Designtex to purchase renewable energy credits to offset all of the electricity used at its Varick Street facility with clean, renewable energy produced at biomass facilities and wind farms. According to Designtex, the offsets will reduce carbon dioxide pollution by more than 900,000 pounds over the next three years.

In other company news, Designtex has introduced several new products, including a line of drapery made from Ingeo™ polylactic acid fiber, the Regeneration collection of 100-percent post-consumer recycled polyester upholstery textiles, and the Renewal collection of 100-percent recycled polyester textiles. Additional new products include180 Walls™, a self-adhesive recycled polyester wallcovering; and Sonic Fabric, a multipurpose textile created from recycled audiocassette tape.

October 23, 2007