Sustainable Fabric Certification

Association for Contract Textiles - "Facts" EcoLabel

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Certification to the Association for Contract Textiles “Facts” program enhances the market value of your sustainable fabrics used in commercial furniture and furnishing applications. The Facts ecolabel assures specifiers that your contract textiles conform to the multi-attribute NSF/ANSI 336 standard, and signals your commitment to social and environmental excellence.

SCS' expertise across sustainable textile supply chains ensures that your NSF/ANSI 336 certification assessment is performed credibly and efficiently. In addition to our accreditation by Association for Contract Textiles, we helped develop the Textile Exchange’s Global Recycled Standard, and established the SCS Certified Responsible Source™ program for synthetic polymer and fiber textile inputs. Specifying materials from Responsible Source™ certified suppliers pre-qualifies you for credit under the NSF/ANSI 336 standard.

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A variety of fabrics can be assessed against NSF/ANSI 336, including woven, non-woven, bonded and knitted fabrics used for upholstery (e.g. office and hotel furniture), as well as vertical fabrics (e.g. drapery, panel system fabrics) and decorative top-of-bed applications (e.g. bedspreads) that are commonly used in institutional, hospitality and office settings.

Certification Criteria

Facts certification under NSF/ANSI 336 requires third-party evaluation of conformity to criteria under eight specific categories. Half of the evaluation focuses on fiber composition, and the other half addresses fabric manufacturing:

  • Fiber Composition
    • Fiber sourcing (20%)
    • Material safety (30%)
  • Fiber Manufacturing
    • Water conservation and quality (12%)
    • Energy (12%)
    • Recycling practices (12%)
    • Social accountability (12%)
    • Air quality (2%)
Certification Tiers

Once a textile meets all NSF/ANSI 336 prerequisites, certification is awarded upon one of four levels depending on the total points earned:

  • Compliant (16 - 36 points)
  • Silver (37 - 57 points)
  • Gold (58 - 78 points)
  • Platinum (79 -100 points)
Complementary Services

SCS offers additional multi-attribute green building certification programs, including BIFMA level® for furniture, SCS Certified Responsible Source™ for synthetic polymer and fiber textile inputs, and SCS Certified Recycled Content.

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