Sustainability at LDI Interiors
LDI Solutions, the parent company of LDI Interiors, was founded with the goal of developing sustainable products to protect the environment and human health.
Rooted in material science, engineering and innovation, LDI Interiors focuses on durable upholstery that contributes to healthier commercial interiors.
The philosophy that drives LDI's R&D/product development efforts towards more sustainable products is:
- There are no perfect solutions. Do something today that is a step in the right direction.
- Ensure Product Performance
- Sustainability begins with long term product performance. No matter how good the story is about what is or is not in a product, if it doesn’t work, has to be frequently replaced or it is too expensive then it is not sustainable. LDI Interiors upholstery outperforms the competition.
- Protect Human Health
- From birth through adulthood, exposure to common synthetic chemicals and materials that surround us can adversely impact brain development, disrupt hormones, and cause diseases such as cancer. LDI Interiors designs products to minimize the use of harmful chemicals and incorporate safer alternatives.
- Protect the Environment
- According to the EPA, reduction of waste and reuse of products are the most effective ways to save natural resources, protect the environment and save money. LDI Interiors invests heavily in digital processes to reduce waste and energy consumption.
By specifying LDI Interiors you can not only feel good that you are doing something to help minimize people’s exposure to harmful toxins, you can also feel confident that your product will hold up to heavy-duty commercial use and remain beautiful long after installation.
Flame retardants are added to products to reduce the spread of fire. According to the National Institutes of Health, some flame retardants have been linked to cancer and to adversely impacting fetal and child brain development. LDI upholstery meets standard flame codes for commercial interiors and is offered with no flame retardants.
Plasticizers are added to vinyl (PVC) upholstery to add flexibility. According to the National Cancer Institute, phthalate plasticizers have been linked to adverse reproductive effects in males and are suspected endocrine disrupters. LDI upholstery is soft and flexible without the use of phthalate plasticizers.
Perfluorochemicals (PFC's) are used as stain resistant finishes on many fabrics. According to the EPA, PFC's have been linked to cancer and hormone disruption. They also bio-accumulate and have been found in the blood of polar bears, dolphins and humans. LDI upholstery has excellent stain resistance but contains no PFC's.
The CDC recommends a sanitization regimen of cleaning, then disinfecting surfaces to reduce the spread of infection. They do not advocate the use of antimicrobial additives. There is no evidence to suggest antimicrobials offer any enhanced protection from getting sick. In fact, their presence may do harm by leading to the formation of resistant strains of bacteria, making it more difficult to treat the sick. LDI upholstery attracts fewer microbes than woven textiles, can be sanitized, and comes with no antimicrobial additives.
Indoor Air Quality
IAQ inside hospitals, schools, hotels, restaurants and other workplaces is important not only for workers' and visitors’ comfort but also for their health. According to OSHA, poor indoor air quality has been tied to headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Asthma, cancer and other diseases may have links to exposure to air contaminants. Many factors affect IAQ. These factors include poor ventilation (lack of fresh air), problems controlling temperature, high or low humidity and the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOC's). VOC's are emitted as gases from certain materials and they include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. According to the EPA, concentrations of many VOC's are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors and they are emitted by a wide array of products including building materials such as upholstery. All products from LDI Interiors pass indoor air quality testing for low VOC emissions.