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Four Credible Certifications to Aid Contract Textile Selection

Textile standards and certifications look at fiber production, life cycle, chemistry, and more, but in the U.S. they are just gaining traction.

February 9, 2016

With all the different fibers, chemicals, dyes, and coatings used for textiles coming from all over the world, assessing the sustainability of a textile is nearly impossible for most designers.

Many turn to certifications to simplify the decision process, but which ones should you trust? There are standards that look at functional performance, indoor air quality, organic fibers, fabric production, life cycle, and chemistry (see table).