ICON's Timothy A Schuler writes about the environmental certifications for textiles and interviews Cliff Goldman, president of Carnegie Fabrics.

A transparency movement is sweeping through the building industry. Third-party certifications have become a popular way for interior designers to make safer, more responsible choices. Certifications are important because they provide a way to measure sustainability. Multi-attribute certifications, such as Cradle to Cradle, take a holistic approach. When Carnegie first released Xorel in the mid-2000s, Cradle to Cradle was the most comprehensive certification on the market and Xorel was certified silver. Cliff Goldman wanted Xorel to do even better and Cradle to Cradle provided a roadmap for improvement. Six years later, Carnegie Fabrics released a bio-based version of Xorel made from sugarcane-derived ethanol. Bio-based Xorel is certified Cradle to Cradle gold, which is currently the highest level any product has reached.

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Read another ICON article on the increasing demand for products that aren't harmful to human health. Manufacturers have responded to demands for safer products by creating both natural products and responsibly made synthetic ones. While natural products may seem ideal, they are not always the greenest. Penny Bonda, Partner at Ecoimpact Consulting, cites Carnegie's Xorel as an example of a synthetic fabric made responsibly enough that it is comparable to a natural product in terms of sustainability.

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Biobased Xorel