FABRICS FAQ : textile glossary


Green Textile Terms begin with 'A'

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acid rain

The release of materials which have been transformed by chemical processes in the atmosphere and are then deposited on earth through rain, sleet or fog. These materials can cause damage to buildings and harm terrestrial, animal, plant and human health.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

algae toxicity

Several genera and species of green algae found in lakes, ponds and streams that are responsible for both aquatic oxygen balance and food sources for fish are tested for their reaction to chemical exposure. Chemicals that kill algae are considered dangerous.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     MBDC

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ANSI facilitates the development of American National Standards (ANS) by accrediting the procedures of standards developing organizations (SDOs). These groups work cooperatively to develop voluntary national consensus standards like NSF/ANSI 336, the Sustainability Assessment for Commercial Furnishings Fabric.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     American National Standards Institute

antimony

A silvery-white metal found in the earth's crust; frequently alloyed with lead to increase its hardness and strength. When combined with oxygen, it produces antimony trioxide.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

antimony trioxide

A compound used as a fire retardant and as a catalyst to manufacture PET (polyethylene terephthalate.) It is a suspected human carcinogen.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

aquatic toxicity

The use or release of substances that have a toxic impact on aquatic species.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

Association for Contract Textiles (ACT)

The Association for Contract Textiles is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1985. ACT is a professional trade group consisting primarily of companies that design, develop, produce and promote textiles for commercial interiors united for support, strength, credibility and common interests.
CATEGORY : Fiber, Green, Weave
SOURCE :     ACT