Milliken Carpet’s First Sustainability Report

manufacture_21Recently Milliken released its first-ever sustainability report, which provides transparency and detailed insight into the company’s global operations and products.
The material issues addressed in the report include: chemical and human health impacts, recycled content and ability to be recycled, resource consumption, and supply chain impacts of products.
Here are some key highlights from the report:

  • Achieving zero waste to landfill goals for 22 years
  • Reducing Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 17.5% and 6.4% respectively
  • Reducing energy consumption by 13.6%
  • Reducing water consumption by 35.7%
  • Reducing waste generation by 11.2%
  • Completing Declare transparency labels for Milliken PVC-free broadloom and modular carpet to now provide three third-party-verified environmental certifications/labels
  • Supporting charities around the world with volunteer commitments and monetary and product donations

The Milliken Sustainability Report meets the requirements of LEED V.4 MRc3 credit and precedes advancements across multiple components of Milliken’s sustainability program.
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Dalton Carpet Industry Leading The Way for Carpet Recycling!

The Dalton carpet industry continues to lead the way for eliminating waste that is sent to landfills. Many manufacturers use different methods to manufacture and recycle carpet in more Eco-friendly ways. Carpet manufacturers in Dalton continue to create sustainability plans that will reduce water usage, reduce energy intensity and increase use of renewable energy, cut greenhouse emissions, increase the use of recycled, bio-based content in the carpet, and to eventually eliminate the use of landfills.
Recently J+J Flooring Co. in Dalton, GA has eliminated its waste contributions to local landfills, and they have been verified as a zero waste-to-landfill manufacturer. No industrial or office waste goes to any landfill. The company has taken many positive steps to make sure that their employees recycle everything in the office, and all of the parts of carpet are broken down to be recycled as well.
The Dalton carpet industry now uses more recyclable materials in their carpets and recycles old carpet than ever before. The carpet manufacturers are putting more focus on creating programs to break down and recycle their carpets. Hopefully, one day in the future, all of the carpet from landfills will be recycled and no future carpet will ever be placed in a landfill.

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World Environment Day!

world environment dayTaking care of the environment is one of the most important things we can do, and many of our carpet and hardwood manufacturers create environmentally friendly flooring. Shaw, Mohawk, Armstrong, and IndusParquet are just a few of the manufacturers who create products that help the environment.
Shaw Industries has many environmentally friendly products, which are Cradle to Cradle certified. Cradle to Cradle focuses on designing so that waste is never an option. Cradle to Cradle creates products that will be deconstructed and recycled back into their original materials over and over again. Here are some of Shaw’s Cradle to Cradle certified products: Anso Type 6 Nylon fiber, Eco Solution Type 6 nylon fiber, EcoWorx carpet tile backing, EcoWorx Broadloom, EcoWorx Performance Broadloom backing, Zeftron Nylon fiber, and Epic hardwood. cradle to cradle

Anso nylon carpets are some of Shaw’s most popular green products. All of the carpets and area rugs made from Anso nylon can be recycled at Shaw’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling facility. Evergreen enables Shaw to recycle post-consumer carpet back into new carpet over and over again.

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Another Shaw carpet fiber that helps the environment is the ClearTouch fiber. ClearTouch carpets are made of PET plastic from recycled soda and water bottles. ClearTouch carpets are very soft, and they also help reduce plastic bottle waste. ClearTouch PET carpets contain a minimum of 25% recycled content, and the ClearTouch Platinum carpets contain a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled content.

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Another Shaw product that helps the environment is the Shaw Epic hardwood collection. This engineered hardwood uses 50% less newly harvested wood than conventional engineered flooring.

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Mohawk SmartStrand carpets are also green products. The SmartStrand fiber is made in part with annually renewable plant-based materials that minimize the usage of limited natural resources. Using renewable plant-based materials allows Mohawk to reduce energy consumption. SmartStrand carpets are durable, beautiful, and beneficial to the environment.

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Armstrong is another manufacturer who helps out the environment by practicing sustainable forest management. They also help reduce the impact of logging practices. The majority of wood that Armstrong uses in their domestic hardwood flooring is sourced from the Appalachian hardwood region, where the growth rate is an average 2+ trees for every tree harvested. Also, their engineered hardwood flooring is certified as a low-emitting (low VOC) wood product.

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IndusParquet is another hardwood manufacturer that focuses on helping the environment. IndusParquet operates in compliance of government regulations, assuring that the natural resources used in the production of IndusParquet products are manufactured efficiently with minimum impact on the environment. The timber harvest in Brazil is strictly controlled by the government, and the harvest is limited to a maximum of eight trees per 3/4 acre. Endangered trees and trees that provide food for animals are preserved. They are not allowed to be harvested. Also, every tree that is harvested is tagged with an ID code that stays with the tree throughout the manufacturing process.
In addition, IndusParquet has adopted a zero waste policy. 100% of all the wood that enters the factory is used. IndusParquet also owns three vast reforestation plantations to help assure a sustainable resource. Make sure to look for the “Made in Brazil” mark for exotic wood flooring made to protect and preserve the environment.

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These are only a few of the manufacturers who have programs and production methods to help the environment. If you would like to know more information, please check out each manufacturer page or leave us a comment below. You can also call us at 1-800-922-5582 for more information.

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Armstrong LVT is Now Part of the Floor Recycling Program

manufacture_36Armstrong Commercial Flooring announced that its recycling program has expanded to include the company’s luxury vinyl tile. The recycling program for vinyl composition tile has already recovered more than 6 million pounds of post-consumer VCT since 2012, and now the company will help the environment even more by recycling LVT. Armstrong luxury vinyl tile and qualifying competitors’ LVT products will be recycled into new flooring products at the company’s Stillwater, Oklahoma and Lancaster, Pennsylvania manufacturing facilities.
Armstrong recycling program now has a simplified four-step process and no job size limits, which make it easier for customers to return flooring products and install new products during renovations. Building owners, facility managers, and contractors are able to save money on waste disposal, conserve natural resources, and obtain Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design (LEED) credits for diverting waste materials from the job site.

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Mohawk Ranks First in Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings

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For the fourth consecutive year, Mohawk Industries has been honored as the most sustainable flooring manufacturer in the Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings’ annual assessment of the sustainable practices of the region’s largest businesses.
Mohawk employs a three-factor strategic approach to sustainability, focusing on the company’s processes, products, and people. Each year the company processes billions of pounds of recycled material into higher value streams. Six of the company’s 10 U.S. ceramic tile manufacturing facilities recover and reuse all of their process waste water. Twenty-four of the company’s carpet manufacturing plants have achieved an internal “Zero Waste” status. Across all flooring categories, hundreds of the company’s residential and commercial products contain recycled material. Mohawk also keeps making progress toward an aggressive 25 percent intensity reduction in energy consumption, greenhouse gases, water use, and landfill waste by the year of 2020.
The Southeaster Corporate Sustainability Rankings evaluate companies on a variety of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors that align with Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) G4 Guidelines.
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Nylon Recycling Game: Nylla

nyllaThe game, Nylla, puts you in the role of the sea turtle Nylla, who travels around the world recycling nylon in the form of carpet and fishing nets. In this game, you can either play in the ocean or in corporate offices. You collect carpet from the offices while avoiding desk chairs, and you collect fishing nets in the ocean while avoiding sharks. This game is sponsored by EcoNyl, which is a brand from fiber manufacturer and CRI member Aquafil. The game teaches players the importance and value of recycling nylon. The game has a simple premise, but the overall message is the main part of this fun game.
Aquafil, along with other CRI members, have taken up the mantle of sustainability and are making huge strides in advancing carpet recycling along with making carpet a sustainable product. Nylla is a fun and creative way to educate consumers about the importance of carpet recycling.
Nylla is available for free through the App Store on iOS devices only.

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New Shaw Evergreen Facility

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Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is expanding its reclamation and recycling program to include a new Evergreen facility, which will be built in Ringgold, Georgia. This new facility will create 70 new full-time jobs. Shaw’s chairman and CEO, Vance Bell, says that the new addition reflects the company’s continued efforts to drive innovation, to protect, and to efficiently use resources while focusing on long-term financial success.
According to Shaw, the company has recycled more than 700 million pounds of carpet since 2006 by using the company’s take-back program and an expansive reclamation network. Evergreen Ringgold will give the company a flexible recycling solution, which is capable of recycling nylon and polyester carpet. Evergreen Ringgold will create a high purity post-consumer recycled material, which will be able to be used in a broad range of applications. The facility will become operational in 2015, and it will be located in Shaw’s Plant 37, which was a rug distribution center. The new facility will expand the company’s effort to keep end-of-use carpet out of landfills.
In addition, 64 percent of the company’s products are certified by Cradle to Cradle. Shaw says that by 2030 that 100 percent of their products will be certified by Cradle to Cradle.

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