Len-Tex Blog

Health is a Top Driver of Green Building*

December 14th, 2018

The WELL Building Standard (2014) evaluates buildings using seven criteria: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. A recent article in a contract interiors publications related interior design(s) suggesting or replicating natural images (leaves, trees, water) as causal for health and wellness of building inhabitants. This could be realistic if the interior materials using […]

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Health Product Declarations and Panera

November 29th, 2018

Originally published August 2017 We’re finding that more and more companies are willing to tell the world that their practices, materials, and processes need to change. Product transparency can be a bit frightening when we deconstruct our products and discover that what we’ve been using and doing for years may need to be overhauled. Panera […]

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Transparency is the New Green

November 14th, 2018

Originally Published August 2017 We first became aware of volatile organic compounds emissions (VOC) when Washington state developed an emission standard for carpeting used in state buildings. We concluded it didn’t apply to vinyl wallcoverings. Then in 2004, California developed a standard for testing and rating VOC emissions from building products and we paid attention. […]

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Why We’re Passionate About What we Do

November 1st, 2018

I’m Don Lennon, the President of the Len-Tex corporation. We are the manufacturer of Len-Tex Wallcoverings and what we’re really about is color and design. Part of our custom wallcovering program is creating unique, one-off designs, from sometimes, back of the napkin sketches to make truly unique products. This is the fun part of our […]

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ANSI/NSF 342 Sustainability Standard (Does Anybody Really Care?)

October 15th, 2018

Originally Published August 2017 The Wallcoverings Industry invested a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to create and then comply with the above-named standard. We know, we hired a sustainability professional to bring us into compliance with its requirements. That turned out to be one of the most valuable aspects of the work required. But […]

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Transparency As We Define It

October 1st, 2018

Originally Published July 2017 We began to wonder about the chemistry of our vinyl wallcoverings in the 80’s. We never asked our suppliers what were in the materials, and it never occurred to us that there could be some ingredients that were not environmentally sound. Our first ‘Aha’ moment came in 1986 when we were […]

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What’s a Phthalate and Why You Can’t Find Them in Home Depot

September 24th, 2018

Originally Published June 2017 Phthalates (plasticizers) are additives used to make vinyl products (think garden hose, shower curtains and hundreds more) softer and flexible. Sounds simple – add some to vinyl to make a zillion flexible products – but – like so many things we use, there’s another side to phthalate plasticizers. Here’s the story. […]

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Indoor Advantage Gold – Worth Its Weight?

September 20th, 2018

Originally Published July 2017 Scientific Certification Systems created its Indoor Advantage certification to assist specifiers and purchasers in making informed decisions on their selections of products to be used indoors. Indoor Advantage Gold certifies product compliance with the most rigorous indoor air quality standard in North America – CA 01350 which sets limits for emissions […]

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Were Those Greenpeace Guys Right about PVC?

August 9th, 2018

Originally Published June 2017 Well, yes………. The vinyl products of the 1960’s and 70’s really were a stew of undesirable (OK, toxic) chemicals. Lead was a highly functional stabilizer in PVC (and it worked for paint, too). The plasticizer of the day was DOP – now banned about everywhere but China – and the colorants […]

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Connecting the Dots: HPDs, EPDs, LEED, BREEAM Sustainability and PVC

August 9th, 2018

Originally Published May 2017 Are you searching for interior finish products with specific attributes but becoming confused by the expanding alphabet soup of standards, abbreviations and certifications? You’re not alone – we’ve been there (but it’s becoming clearer). As the focus of these standards narrows to indoor air quality and its impact on our health, […]

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