Susan Lyons, recipient of numerous design awards, is the President of Designtex, a design and product development company providing research-based materials for the built environment. Previously, Lyons was the Executive Vice President of Design and Marketing for Designtex, leaving in 2002 to start a collaborative studio focused on sustainable product development. Before returning in 2012, Lyons consulted for Herman Miller as Creative Director for Materials. The role included the design of a patented closed loop system of printing whose goal is to eliminate waste. Lyons’ work in sustainable product development began in 1993, when she approached William McDonough to collaborate on a project to develop the first cradle-to-cradle product – a collection of compostable contract textiles.