TRI-KES demonstrates leadership in environmental stewardship as the first distributor to earn qualification

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF International, an independent global organization that writes public health standards and certifies products for food, water and consumer goods, has qualified the first wallcoverings distributor to the American National Standard for Sustainable Wallcoverings – NSF/ANSI 342.   NSF International developed the standard for Sustainable Wallcoverings to help architects, designers, retailers and consumers identify sustainable and environmentally preferable wallcoverings. 

NSF/ANSI 342: Sustainability Assessment for Wallcovering Products recognizes the important role distributors play in maintaining the sustainability of wallcovering products throughout their life cycle.  In order to qualify and distribute certified sustainable wallcoverings, distributors must demonstrate that they follow environmentally preferable practices. This includes a comprehensive and independent NSF assessment that evaluates the environmental and social impacts of their operations. 

TRI-KES, a Dallas-based sustainable commercial interior finishes distributor, is the first distributor to earn qualification under the Sustainable Wallcoverings standard.  TRI-KES is qualified at the highest level and may now distribute all levels of certified wallcoverings, including Platinum.

The standard employs an easy-to-use point system to evaluate wallcovering products against performance criteria across the entire product life cycle and quantifiable metrics. Products covered by the standard include textiles, vinyl, vinyl coated, alternative polymer, alternative polymer coated, paper and other natural fiber products. NSF Certification is based on point totals from both the manufacturer and distributor to achieve a Conformant, Silver, Gold or Platinum level.

“Purchasing products that are certified to the NSF/ANSI 342 Sustainable Wallcoverings standard from a qualified distributor such as TRI-KES provides assurance to buyers that they are purchasing the most sustainable products and distribution services available in the wallcoverings market,” said Tom Bruursema, General Manager of NSF Sustainability.  “As the first distributor to earn qualification, TRI-KES has demonstrated considerable environmental leadership and a commitment to helping wallcovering manufacturers bring their sustainable products to the marketplace.”

“We are committed to minimizing the impacts of our operations, making the internal and external built environment healthier, more sustainable and more responsive to the natural environment. Earning NSF/ANSI 342 Sustainable Wallcoverings qualification further supports this mission and demonstrates to our customers that we are their true partners in sustainability,” said Ken Salyer, Jr., president of TRI-KES.

The Wallcoverings Association (WA) participated in the development of the standard and is encouraging members to earn certification as soon as possible. The WA is planning for members to showcase their sustainable products certified to the NSF/ANSI 342 standard at the Neocon World Trade Fair in June 2012.

Certified products earn the use of the NSF Sustainability Mark on product packaging and marketing materials, a signal to buyers and consumers of the products’ sustainability. For additional information on the NSF/ANSI 342 Sustainable Wallcoverings certification program, contact Dennis Gillan at or 734.476.2543. For information on the development of NSF/ANSI 342, click here or visit

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with NSF Sustainability General Manager Tom Bruursema, contact Greta Houlahan at 734-913-5723 or

About NSF International: NSF International has been testing and certifying products for safety, health and the environment for 67 years ( As an independent organization, NSF’s mission is to protect public health and the environment through standards development, inspection, testing and certification for the food, water, build/construction, retail, chemical and health science industries. Operating in more than 150 countries, NSF is committed to protecting public health worldwide and is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF Sustainability draws upon this expertise in standards development, product assurance and certification, advisory services and quality systems management to help companies green their products, operations, systems and supply chains.  Through its National Center for Sustainability Standards, NSF has developed sustainability standards for product categories such as chemicals, building products and materials, and water quality. NSF works with leading regulators, scientists, engineers, public health and environmental health professionals, and industry representatives to develop these transparent, consensus-based standards.

Additional services include NSF Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, dietary and nutritional supplement certification and organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International).

CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
Phone: 734-913-5723