Architex recognizes the design community's sharp focus on incorporating sustainability into design. We are dedicated to seeking out and supporting emerging sustainable technologies and constructions in the textile industry. We believe everyone's effort can make a positive difference in our planet's future.

Architex products with a reduced environmental footprint can be easily identified through our Greenyards program and its web search. Greenyards textiles include those with rapidly renewable contents, recycled content, recyclable content, PVC-free faux leathers and Greenguard or Oeko-Tex certification.

Our website helps eliminate sample waste by enabling the user to view our entire line in their full repeats and colorways. In addition, our web-pholstry application previews each pattern "upholstered" on chosen furniture partners' chairs.

Architex is a member of The Association of Contract Textiles (ACT). ACT in collaboration with NFS and GreenBlue are developing the Sustainable Textile Metrics Standard (STMetrics). ST Metrics may contribute to LEED for accreditation in the near future. For more information visit

Join us in our effort to maintain a balance of beauty and performance while protecting our planet.


ISO 9000: A group of ISO standards and guidelines that relate to quality management systems. Currently includes three quality standards: ISO 9001: 2000 establishes requirements; ISO 9000: 2000 and ISO 9004: 2000 establish guidelines. All of these are process standards, not product standards. Compliance results in ISO 9000 Certification.

LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (LEED): A point-based rating system developed by The U.S. Green Building Council Rating System for Sustainable Development (USGBC) to assess new and existing commercial buildings for a variety of earth-friendly features.

OEKO-TEX: A European standard for the impact of textiles on human ecology and the environment.

PLA (polylactic acid):A biodegradable thermoplastic derived from the lactic acid in corn; resembles clear polystyrene. PLA can be used in a number of industrial products including textiles.

POLYVINYL CHLORIDE (PVC):Synthetic thermoplastic polymer made from vinyl chloride. In addition to its stable physical properties, PVC has excellent transparency, chemical resistance, long-term stability, good weatherability, and stable electrical properties. However, its stability makes it nearly environmentally indestructible. PVC also releases hydrochloric acid and other toxic compounds when produced or burned.

POST-CONSUMER RECYCLING:The recycling of materials generated from residential and consumer waste for use in new or similar products, such as converting wastepaper from offices into corrugated boxes or soda bottles into polyester fiber.

POST-INDUSTRIAL RECYCLING:The recycling of materials that are diverted from municipal solid waste for the purpose of collection, recycling and disposition. Post-industrial materials are part of the broader category of recovered materials and include print overruns, over issue publications and obsolete inventories.

RAPIDLY RENEWABLE RESOURCE: A material capable of being replaced by natural ecological cycles or sound management practices in less than ten years.

RECYCLABLE:The ability of a product or material to be recovered from, or otherwise diverted from, the solid waste stream for the purpose of recycling (FTC definition).

RECYCLED PRODUCT: A product made in whole or part from material recovered from the waste stream. (pages 14-15)

ZEFTRON® Registered trademark owned by Honeywell for solution dyed nylon. Honeywell has a reclamation program for this yarn.

* The glossary entries were selected to support the information being called out in the green search. They are either direct copies or modifications of the definitions used in the ACT environmental glossary.