What’s Green?

These days, every company wants to be green. In fact, “green” is in danger of being reduced to cynical marketing hype. Here are three things we are not cynical about:

At Transformit, we are honestly working to lower our negative impact on the earth and its resources.

At the same time, we are working to raise our positive impact on the beauty and livability of the places where people live, work and play.

Third, we are committed to taking good care of our people, and all the people with whom we work.

We believe all of these efforts are part of being green. Thinking green gives us a worthy challenge which will fuel Transformit’s development as a company of artists, designers and craftspeople well into the future. We have a long way to go!

Transformit Green

In a way, our green program is a natural outgrowth of our history. Our founder, Cynthia Thompson, is a sculptor who started with not much money in the bank and a lot of projects in mind. So thrift, which goes hand-in-hand with green, was a necessity. Throughout the 70s and 80s, Cindy’s awareness of the toxicity of studio art materials and processes rose in tandem with her awareness of global ecological issues

Where We Are

describe the imageBest Green Exhibit, 2011 MOD Award

Reduce
    Our structures are big, but lightweight, and it doesn’t take a lot of stuff to make them. The largest ingredient is skilled labor. They are all shipped disassembled, so freight costs (and fuel used) are a fraction of comparable “hard” structures.

Reuse
    Since our earliest projects, we have rented our work. Today, forty percent of our revenue comes from rentals. Our rental inventory totals more than five thousand pieces, and our designers and installers are skilled at making each installation unique. Many of our purchase customers use their pieces several times, and then “re-skin” the structures with new fabric and new graphics. We encourage this and design for it.

Recycle
    Any manufacturing operation creates waste. At Transformit, we recycle all of our aluminum. Many of the fabrics we use have recycled content. We recycle most of our office waste. We recycle those fabrics which can be recycled.
Blended fabrics are difficult to recycle, as are printed fabrics, but recycling technology is improving all the time. We are pushing our suppliers to develop collection chains, and we believe customers will willingly pay a small premium to ensure fabric can be recycled

Where We're Going

Acoustics 
  We have several projects underway using new acoustic fabrics to help make noisy environments more humane.

Daylighting 
  Using fabric to control light is not new, but using it in a building’s design phase is. We can help in this kind of project by making function beautiful and not pedestrian.

Light Emitting Fabric 
  Fabric with embedded LEDs is a reality. They can be used to provide unique lighting effects, as well as graphics. This technology is very new, and we are not ready to announce anything just yet!

The Fabric Alliance 
  Transformit is a founding member of the Fabric Alliance, an association of companies, organizations and individuals whose common interest is the development and promotion of sustainable applications of fabric technology.

Natural Fibers
  The truth is, most of our fabrics are synthetic, and nearly all of the material came from oil. Cotton and other natural materials are not stable with humidity changes, and they stain easily. But we have made projects in organic cotton and they have worked. Demand for natural materials is growing, so we are watching and testing.